Beautiful North Dorset circular walk from Okeford Fitzpaine | 7.5miles


If you’re looking to find the true rural heart of North Dorset, the untouched landscape that feels unchanged for centuries, then this might be the walk you’re looking for. 

Following paths tucked into the rolling countryside that sits below the more glamorous ridge walks, you’ll avoid any big climbs, and yet manage to enjoy almost constant stunning views.

Desite a lack of any hill climbing the far-reaching views on this walk are unbeatable

We took our time with this walk, and it felt like a mini holiday. We didn’t see another person (other than a couple enjoying their own back garden as we strolled past with a wave), and felt like we were lost in Enid Blyton’s Dorset.

The route follows old green lanes and winds through the thick centuries-old hedges that are bounding the small, oddly-shaped fields so typical of old Dorset.

The footpath through the wonderful wild meadow belonging to the Barkhill Shepherd’s Huts

A few paths were very overgrown – we walked in early July, and a sturdy stick was soon collected to beat back the nettle and bramble at regular intervals.

You can just see from the post marker on the left of the image that this is a bridleway…

Stiles through hedges were rarely sturdy and well kept (seemingly typical in North Dorset!), but mostly they did exist and were entirely usable. The ones crossing streams were the most solid, thankfully!

Ibberton church has a wonderful view of Bulbarrow

A couple of times we couldn’t see the exit to a field until we were literally right on top of it – trust the map, the stiles and bridges ARE there, they’re just buried in the hedgerows!

It’s easy to miss the footpath sign on this wall (it’s on the far right) in Okeford Fotzpaine right at the start of the walk!

Parking is easy in Okeford Fitzpaine village – and there’s a lovely village shop as well as a pub for a post-walk ice cream or a pint!


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