Discovering Dorset Volume 4
Complete your Dorset odyssey with a journey to the beautiful north of the county, where the boundary joins Wiltshire and Hampshire in the east and Somerset in the west.
Your tour includes visits to Sherborne, with its stunning Abbey, known as ‘the Cathedral of Dorset’, two castles and majestic views of the Blackmoor Vale; the unspoilt town of Shaftesbury, including the amazing Gold Hill and historic Abbey ruins; Cranborne Chase, the hunting ground of King John in the 13th Century; the remarkable ‘lost village’ of Knowlton, whose medieval church was built 4,000 years after the first community settled here; the county’s most northerly town, Gillingham, famous for its distinctive red-brick buildings; Sturminster Newton, adorned by a thousand-year old mill and a magnificent six-arched bridge over the River Stour; and a host of quaintly named villages such as Sixpenny Handley, Fontmell Magna, Tarrant Gunville and Ryme Intrinseca, each with its own unique story to tell. This largely rural area of the county is such a pleasure to explore, and your enjoyment of it will be enhanced by rare archive material, maps and interviews with people who are proud to call North Dorset their home.
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