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Dorset Group 11 Apr 21: Blandford Forest & Ancient Ringmoor

On a crisp April morning our group of 19 assembled in the pretty village of Durweston for a 9 mile off the beaten track stroll. We commenced a long gentle climb by passing through deciduous Sutcombe Wood full of bluebells and wild garlic before traversing the Blandford Forest plantation.

On reaching the high point of Okeford Hill we followed the Wessex Ridgeway with commanding views in all directions to reach the site of the ancient celtic settlement of Ringmoor for our picnic. Our return brought us steeply down through the farms of the Turnworth valley with its many cows, sheep, pigs and horses.

Our exploration of the pretty hamlet of Turnworth was met by a short heavy snow shower but we perservered over rolling farmland to the start point at Durweston Church

 

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