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Dorchester

Dorset


Slow Ways linking Dorchester and Abbotsbury, Bere Regis, Chickerell, Maiden Newton, Milborne St Andrew, Piddletrenthide, Wareham, Weymouth

England / Dorset / Dorchester

Dorchester’s eight Slow Ways are 44% checked

Drawn: 8/8
reviewed: 6/8
verified: 0/8
and surveyed: 0/8

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Many Slow Ways have several route options. Some will be better than others, or good for different reasons.

Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

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Walk to Dorchester from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Abbotsbury—Dorchester
Abbdor one Verify me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 388m Descent 368m
Chickerell—Dorchester
Chidor one

Double check Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 201m Descent 167m
Chickerell—Dorchester
Chidor two Review me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 202m Descent 168m
Chickerell—Dorchester
Chidor three Review me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 312m Descent 346m
Dorchester—Bere Regis
Dorber one Review me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 241m Descent 225m
Dorchester—Milborne St Andrew
Dormil one Review me Distance 17km/11mi Ascent 218m Descent 226m
Dorchester—Milborne St Andrew
Dormil two Review me Distance 17km/11mi Ascent 218m Descent 226m
Dorchester—Piddletrenthide
Dorpid one Verify me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 153m Descent 185m
Dorchester—Wareham
Dorwar one Pioneer me Distance 30km/19mi Ascent 288m Descent 223m
Maiden Newton—Dorchester
Maidor one Verify me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 181m Descent 208m
Weymouth—Dorchester
Weydor one Pioneer me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 66m Descent -

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Collective progress

59% of Dorchester’s eight route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

11/11

drawn

9/11

reviewed

6/11

surveyed

0/11

verified

4 people have contributed to Dorchester’s Slow Ways

2 people have pledged to walk and review a route

8 people have surveyed a route in Dorchester

137km out of 182km have been walked and reviewed

190km of reviews have been shared in Dorchester

Latest Updates

Weymouth—Dorchester

Lynn Jackson added Weydor one, a new walk from Weymouth to Dorchester

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Helen Gough surveyed Chidor three

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From Nottington there are 2 short road walking sections which meant the end wasn't so much fun. Walking through the village is fine, but then there is a short section of road walking, which isn't awful, but it's a bit of a let down after the beginning of the route. The road isn't that busy, visibility is good, and there are verges, so it's ok, but not fun....

Helen Gough

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Chickerell—Dorchester

Helen Gough added Chidor three, a new walk from Chickerell to Dorchester

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Helen Gough surveyed Abbdor one

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The route takes you out of Dorchester along tree lined residential avenues, and as soon as you leave town the view is dominated by the immense Maiden Castle, an iron age hill Fort. The route has been plotted along the field edge, but there is a well maintained wide path through the crops, so that's a minor plotting error. I missed one gate at Portesham Hill, as the route isn't quite aligned with the footpath there....

Helen Gough

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Some people would probably find this route a bit dull, because of the lanes, and because you don't get the views that generally accompany a walk in Dorset, but as a way to get from Maiden Newton to Dorchester you can't fault it....

Helen Gough

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For me it’s a real Slow ways walk: from A to B on quiet roads / paths, but no long detours. It feels like walking in the old days: going to town is something you do on foot....

pmostert

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Chickerell—Dorchester

Lynn Jackson added Chidor two, a new walk from Chickerell to Dorchester

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This part of the walk is long and noisy, stay on the left of the path as cyclists can appear behind you. You’ll walk alongside field boundaries before a sharp left turn, this part of the walk takes you onto the Nottington road. There are some undulating field boundaries to walk along but the only problem on the last stretch into Chickerell, when our path was blocked by a locked gate. It has been reported, but if it is still blocked, walk back 20 metres and turn right, following the hedge that leads to Lower Putton Lane (as per the gpx file)...

Lynn Jackson

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In the final descent, after Black Hill, look for the gate with the sign post (picture 3)....

pmostert

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Downside is that depending on the season and the crops, paths can be narrow, moved or lost; see picture....

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It is a beautiful countryside route, only on paved roads at the very beginning and the final kilometers....

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To my understanding dormil 1 and dormil 2 follow the same route....

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It's a pleasant route through Thomas Hardy's country....

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The first part of the current route [Dorchester - Upwey] has two major issues:....

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It is a pleasant, quiet, easy accessible and direct route, connecting the railway stations of Maiden Newton and Dorchester-West. The route mainly follows the Frome Valley Cycle Trail and is mainly on paved roads....

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Dorchester

Slowgrey surveyed Dorchester

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Dorchester

Slowgrey surveyed Dorchester

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Many of the paths are narrow, following field edges, mostly arable but some inquisitive cattle and horses encountered. A section of the route climbing the ridge between Three Cornered Coppice and the ridge above Muston Manor is unmarked across an arable field, so best to follow field edges....

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Dorchester

Cunningham-Johns surveyed Dorchester

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Abbotsbury—Dorchester

Slow Ways added Abbdor one, a new walk from Abbotsbury to Dorchester

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Chickerell—Dorchester

Slow Ways added Chidor one, a new walk from Chickerell to Dorchester

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Dorchester—Bere Regis

Slow Ways added Dorber one, a new walk from Dorchester to Bere Regis

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Dorchester—Milborne St Andrew

Slow Ways added Dormil one, a new walk from Dorchester to Milborne St Andrew

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Dorchester—Milborne St Andrew

Slow Ways added Dormil two, a new walk from Dorchester to Milborne St Andrew

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Dorchester—Piddletrenthide

Slow Ways added Dorpid one, a new walk from Dorchester to Piddletrenthide

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Dorchester—Wareham

Slow Ways added Dorwar one, a new walk from Dorchester to Wareham

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Maiden Newton—Dorchester

Slow Ways added Maidor one, a new walk from Maiden Newton to Dorchester

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Dorchester, Wed 21 February

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Dorchester’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SY6926690722

Lat / Lon

50.71530° / -2.43669°

Easting / Northing

369,266E / 90,722N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Dorchester's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

Official ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town

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