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Directions

Start: SY 503 998. Look for the car park sign in Mapperton. 1 Turn left out of the car park onto the road and walk up past houses then, after 250 yards, bear off to the right up a road signed as a dead end. Keep going uphill, first right then left, and soon there are good views opening out to your right across a patchwork of fields towards Hooke Park and the sea. This is a good place to see passing raptors including buzzard, peregrine falcon and kestrel. At the top, bear right and follow the track in front of a house, Coltleigh Hill. Walk for another 300 yards until you reach a bridleway sign to turn right, just before reaching another house. 2 The track heads downhill now, towards woods. Ahead is a good view over a hilltop enclosure and there are some lovely solitary oaks spread across nearby fields. As the track reaches the bottom, veer left onto the Jubilee Trail, ignoring the trail through a gate to the right. The track now passes through some woodland with a pond to your right and soon fords a stream. Climb away from the ford as the stream drops away into a gully to your left. The track then bears slightly right to emerge into a field though a large metal gate. Follow the Jubilee Trail across the field, keeping the hedge on your left. 40 | Bridport Times | March 2019

After a few yards, the hedge turns further left but the footpath goes across the field, diverging slightly right from the hedge (if visible, aim for the tower on North Poorton church). The field soon ends abruptly at the top of a small valley, so turn sharp left and descend through a small cutting and then right, down towards a stream. 3 The path fords the bed of the stream, with a house on your left. Go through another metal gate, pass the front of the house, bearing left and onto a track which leads uphill to North Poorton. Keep on the track until you reach the intersection of four paths marked by a sign to the left. (This is the part of the walk which links with the November 2018 walk around Hooke Park. If you want to link with that walk to make a larger figure-of-eight circuit then turn left here and head up the holloway). Otherwise, at this sign, turn right through a large metal gate into a field. Walk slight right across the middle of the field towards the hedge, keeping the farm buildings over to your left. As you near the hedge you will see a gate in the top right-hand corner of the field. Go through the gate, ignoring the footpath sign to the right, into another field. Head straight across this field and, as you cross it, you will see a gate in the far hedge. Go through this gate (which

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