Washer’s pit via Tarrant Gunville & Chettle | 11 miles | Dorset Walks


Every month in the Blackmore Vale Magazine we publish a walk in the beautiful Dorset countryside under the heading ‘Take a hike’. 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!

Washer’s pit via Tarrant Gunville & Chettle

Images are from May – As Courtenay has a knee injury which has prevented any proper hikes this month. We do walk this one all the year round but do be aware that the starting stretch through stubhampton Bottom get extreemly muddy in poor weather – this is a very different walk in May to that which we did in January!

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.

Washer's Pit via Tarrant Gunville & Chettle Map

No road work except for two short crossings – this is the longer extension of one of our favourite ‘quick routes’ made for longer days and picnic lunches.

Washer's Pit via Tarrant Gunville & Chettle

Deep in Ashmore Woods.

Washer's pit via Tarrant Gunville & Chettle

Stubhampton Bottom – note, lovely firm and dry in May, not so much in January!

Lovely to see the beautiful red poppies poking their heads out here and there, such a lovely spalsh of colour to brighten any walk.

Such a beautiful sight a wildflower meadow just outside Tarrant Gunville

Washer's pit via Tarrant Gunville & Chettle

Farnham woods, perfect shady spot on a hot sunny day.


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