Dorset Walks

Ansty Circular via Cheselbourne, taking in Gallows Corner, and the Dorset Gap | 9.7 Miles

Every month in the Blackmore Vale Magazine we publish a walk in the beautiful Dorset countryside. Not always in the heart of the Blackmore Vale perhaps, but always within reach for a day’s walk.

What is unique about these walks is the fact that we have created and then walked them all ourselves! We always aim to create interesting, unpopulated routes with as little road use as possible and of course as many beautiful views as we can squeeze in.

You can always see the routes we take and follow them yourself via the Outdoor Active App – see all our routes here. – Click on contents tab.

We usually aim for between 10 – 15 miles, although due to many requests and to keep everyone happy we have now added some shorter routes between 5 – 10 miles in length.

Above all, we hope you enjoy reading about the walks that we do and enjoying the pictures of course, but if you are taking them on yourself, we would love to receive your feedback on how you found the individual route and any suggestions you might have. Oh and of course we would love to receive your pictures to share as well!

Ansty Circular via Cheselbourne

Link to the full route (free to download) on the outdoor Active here: We use the (we think great value) premium paid for subscription (under £2 per month) to gain access to all the full OS maps, however the free version of the app is still excellent.

Map preview of the full Ansty Circular walking route in North Dorset

An easliy navigated and rewarding route with big skies and wide views, plus a smattering of ancient green lanes, utterly beautiful.

Slowly summiting the hill on the path away from Cheselbourne

The stunning Dorset Gap is always worth the climb up, however you can always reverse the route if you don’t fancy the climb up at the end of the walk.

One of our favourite spots on the walk, on the cross dykes above Higher Melcombe, looking across Lyscombe Bottom.

Pausing for an intake of breath after a stiff (fairly short but sharp) climb up Coombe Hill.

Ancient green lane to Gallows Corner ( a perfect bit of dappled shade if walking on a sunny day) a spot where five tracks meet.

On the hill after just leaving Binghams Melcombe.

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