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On Foot

MAPPERTON ESTATE LOOP Emma Tabor and Paul Newman

Distance: 4½miles (7 miles if linked with Bridport Times November 2018 walk) Time: Approx. 2½ hours Park: Car park in Mapperton, donation box Walk Features: This corner of West Dorset feels particularly secluded with a series of gullies, hillocks and hidden valleys which host a diverse mix of woodland. The walk has a couple of short, steep sections with a longer, gentler climb back to the start. There is also a fine view of Mapperton House towards the very end. NB: Please proceed with caution on the section above Burcombe Wood as it can be tricky and the footpath along it is not clearly marked. Refreshments: Sawmill Café, Mapperton House

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ach month we devise a walk for you to try with your family and friends (including four-legged members) pointing out a few interesting things along the way, be it flora, fauna, architecture, history, the unusual and sometimes the unfamiliar. For March, we walk a loop from Mapperton, descending into some of the surrounding hidden valleys near Mapperton estate. It’s a walk with many twists and turns, and an enigmatic-looking hilltop enclosure at its centre. There are some lovely views near the start of the walk across Hooke Park and a patchwork of fields towards the sea before delving into a network of holloways, ford crossings and small ravines. We’ve also designed this walk to link up with our November 2018 walk around Hooke Park and nearby North Poorton, to make a larger figure-ofeight route around this charming and secretive corner of West Dorset. If you want to try this, you can find the November 2018 edition online at bridporttimes.co.uk. >

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Featuring Kim and David Squirrell of Ink on Page + What's On, Arts & Culture, History, Wild Dorset, Outdoors, Archaeology, Food & Drink, Bod...