The Cerne Valley trail is a circular route of 26 miles.
This circular walk takes in the hamlets and villages of Minterne Magna, Cerne Abbas, Nether Cerne, Godmanstone, Forston and Charminster.
This walk follows the course of the river, from near its source in the basin formed by the hill of High Stoy and Dogbury to its junction with the River Frome in the water meadows at Charminster. Along the route you can see the smallest pub in England, the Smith’s Arms at Godmanstone, Britain’s largest hill figure, the Cerne Giant and visit Hilfield Hill Local Nature Reserve.
The rich and varied habitat sees the eastern arm running parallel to the river whilst the western route follows chalk hills that frame the valley. Most of the route is well signposted showing the trail’s motif. If you wish to see Cerne Abbas, with its famous giant, it is an enjoyable walk to do it as a one-way walk.
A bus service from Dorchester to Cerne Abbas is operated by Nordcat, telephone 0845 6024547.
Points of interest include:
– The Sun Inn – Built on land once owned by Henry VIII who gave it to the Earl of Ilchester, the surrounding farmlands are still owned by the Ilchester
Estates. The Sun Inn is a 17th Century pub, which doubled as the blacksmiths at various times in the past.
– Charminster Village
– Miller’s Community Orchard
We have also devised this scenic circular walk that can be started from Dorchester, a total distance of approximately 11 miles.
Walking boots or stout shoes are recommended.