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Shady Chase Woods Walk – 6 miles

(Super-easy to make 2 or 12 mile versions on this route)

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!

Shady Chase Woods Stroll – 6 miles

Really easy walking on clear wide paths through some of the most beautiful ancient woodland.

Some open farmland with big skies, but mostly this one is about beautiful shady giants.

There are so many paths to choose for alternative routes – for a longer day hike I’d turn right at the first C road and follow my nose up to the Ox Drove, coming back down to rejoin the route where the woodland adjoins Rushmore Park.

For a short and gentle bimble, I’d simply stay inside Pribdean Wood – it’s a favourite gentle afternoon stroll for us. 

The route starts in the beautiful Pribdean Wood – always worth a stroll around in its own right – then across the farmland separating it from New Town and around the magnificent Chase Woods. There are some spectacular ancient giants throughout the woodland which are all worth looking for.

And don’t miss Scrubbity Barrows, just because it’s probably my favourite place name ever, and everyone needs to be able to say they’ve walked in Scrubbity Barrows. 

Shady Chase Woods Walk

The rather magical beech avenue that runs through Chase Woods – crossing the path at Scrubbity Barrows

Shady Chase Woods Walk

The footpath back into Deanland is filled with beautiful hedgerow views.

Shady Chase Woods Walk

After so much grey cold weather the new crops are finally rushing out.

Shady Chase Woods Walk

The valley bottom as  you enter Chase Woods – always a good spot for deer .

Shady Chase Woods Walk

Simply can’t ever resist a hedgerow window frame.

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