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Dorset Group 23 May 19: Badbury Rings

On a beautifully sunny spring day our merry group of 7 (including one new member and one guest) assembled on the picturesque village green at Pamphill. Our stroll took us across rolling farmland scattered with poppies passing ancient tumuli up to the highest point for miles where we encountered the ancient hill fort of Badbury Rings.

After a refreshing picnic amongst the buttercups we explored the numerous concentric rings that comprised the ancient fortifications used so successfully by dorset tribes in beating off attacks by the romans. A leisurely descent across arable fields then brought us to the perimeter of the Kingston Lacy Estate.

Having crossed the famous avenue of beech trees and seen the new avenue (recently planted to ultimately replace the exisiting one) we followed the path through the woods around the estate. Passing the kitchen garden we concluded our walk at Pamphill Dairy for some very enjoyable tea and cake.

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