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Explore North Dorset

Tired of the crowds? Escape the tourist trail and venture into the heart of the beautiful county of Dorset

The view from Abbey Walk in Shaftesbury, Dorset

This tour unfolds along the peaceful byways of North Dorset, visiting interesting places along the way and beginning with a visit to Milton Abbas, a village with a unique history - built by the local landowner in the 1770s to relocate the villagers who were spoiling the view from his abbey mansion.

Next your journey takes you to Shaftesbury where you can walk in the footsteps of the famous Hovis advert on Gold Hill, explore the abbey ruins and find some lunch on the bustling high street. Continuing on, we arrive at Sturminster Newton where you will visit a water mill where wheat is still ground by water-power, calling in at a little known medieval manor house en-route.

Fiddleford Manor House in Dorset
The Cerne Giant, also known as The Rude Man of Cerne at Cerne Abbas in Dorset

Lastly, travel through some of the most unspoilt countryside in the county to see The Rude Man of Cerne, a giant chalk figure carved into the hillside and visit the historic village of Cerne Abbas. All in all, around three hours driving with plenty of time to explore the towns and villages along the way.

From £100

1st April to 30th October

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