Corfe Castle 

 A 19th-Century Pilgrimage

The Hardy Way © 2015 All Rights Reserved

The route towards Kimmeridge 

Knowlton Church and Rings near Wimborne St Giles


Page 25 From the minor lane onto Woodbury Hill is very steep and slippery at present. 

Page 29 East Stoke - After the fluvarium it may be necessary in wet conditions to follow the lane on round to the right to Bindon Abbey until repairs to a small bridge in the wood have been completed (notice on stile). 

Page 31 The bridge to Woolbridge Farm is under repair. 

Page 35 Coombe Keynes to Burngate Wood - Sometimes during the summer at the time of the Bestival Festival in July/August there may be a notice that this footpath is temporarily closed. In fact it is always walkable according to locals. 

Page 41 Kimmeridge Bay – The coast path between Kimmeridge and Chapmans Pool has now re-opened so if preferred it is possible to remain on the coast path as far as the top of Houns-tout Cliff where turn inland to Kingston. 

Page 73 The Bull Inn, Wimborne St Giles is closed, at least temporarily. 

Page 79 Deanland – When the route leaves the lane to cross a large field it is better to follow the edge of the field to the top and then turn right along nearside of the hedge to the top right-hand corner of the field where the stile is rather enclosed in the hedge. 

Page 81 Rushmore Golf Course – Ignore the lane to the right to the main Club buildings. Skirt the course to pass a group of three small lakes until largish group of buildings on right. The metal gate to head for is just past this. The path leads through a wood between Brookes and Uddens Coppices. Turn right into the wood and then very soon right again onto the main path. On leaving the wood cross the drive and keep on a slight right diagonal down to further gates. 

Page 85 Tollard Royal to Win Green - On the OS map the path from Ashgrove Bottom up to Win Green forks left to the Car Park. On the ground conditions dictate to remain on the track to the same point. 

Shaftesbury - A new building development has rather spoiled the approach to Shaftesbury but the route is clearly marked. 

Page 91 - Since publication an improved footpath makes it possible to continue straight ahead after Castle Hill Green (instead of turning left). The path leads to the same point at the bottom of the hill. 

Page 93 Route through Todber to Marnhull - On this farmland stretch it is sometimes necessary to follow round field borders where the path is not clearly defined. Extensive works to the Todber Manor Fishing lakes make the route description subject to variation but the general direction is obvious. When the route crosses the B3092 at Todber the first field is often very muddy - it may be necessary to circumnavigate to the right of the path.

Page 95 The path through the farm from the Crown Hotel has been changed but is clearly marked. 

Page 103 The path from Rolls Mill Bridge has been diverted. Do not go up the drive to house. Go through metal gate and then branch right behind barns and follow parallel to house and paddock to new footpath sign at end of field to resume route. 

Page 115 Redford to Melbury Bubb – Part of the footpath between these villages is very muddy indeed in anything except very dry weather. Work is being done to improve it. In the meantime use the lane to Hell Corner where turn left into Melbury Bubb. 

Page 117 The Rest and Welcome Inn has sadly closed, but may soon reopen as The Sheath of Arrows.

Page 129 Wessex Ridgeway to Beaminster – There is currently a problem on the path at Shatcombe House (formerly Lake House Farm). Better to use the alternative route from Higher Langdon. 

Page 141 West Bay to Burton Bradstock – Extensive cliff falls occurred in late June 2017 so make sure to follow the SW coast path diversion signs for this part of the route. 

Page 163 Portland – Storms have eroded the west coast of Portland. Follow the diversion signs where necessary. 

Page 177 Owermoigne - The small-holding between the A352 and the village no longer exists and the path is a bit overgrown but passable. 

Page 185 Owermoigne to Warmwell - The diversion of the route on the ground adjacent to Misery Farm is not official. The ROW continues straight on from the end of the wood to the converted barn, through the gate and straight on down the track.