Beautifully quiet walk near Sherborne | 6.9 miles


Starting in the tiny hamlet of Folke, this circular route takes a delightful walk through Dorset countryside that feels undisturbed for a century, following green lanes.

This was a deliciously quiet walk through Dorset fields and lanes. As expected in summer, more than a few stiles were overgrown with bramble and nettle – we collected a sturdy stick to use for beating along the way! – and one stream crossing was slightly difficult to track down in an overgrown corner of a field on the approach to Butterwick Dairy House Farm. Keep an eye on the phone to stick to our tracks and you won’t miss it.

Apart from those few small hiccups the route was well signed and easy to follow, taking in surprise views across much of the way.  

NB – the photos will appear ‘backwards’ as we decided, having walked the route, that it would be better in reverse. The first mile (now) is the by far the least interesting – it was our final mile, and a slightly deflating conclusion to what had been a truly beautiful walk.

A small amount of parking is available beside the church at Folke, where the route starts. Do take a minute to step into the church for a visit – it’s beautiful, and has a couple of stunning windows.

We have always created and recently walked the routes we feature (See all previously-published Dorset walks here), so you know you can trust them. You can see all our personal routes (including many which are unpublished in The BV) on Outdoor Active here, and all include a downloadable gpx file. 
All images © Laura Hitchcock.


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