On a sunny September day, my family and I decided to try a different walk and headed off to the little village of Chettle.
Chettle is a lovely and quaint small village situated in the area of Outstanding Natural Beauty of Cranborne Chase. It used to be called “Ceotel” at the time of the Domesday book in 1086 and for many years the whole village was owned by one family.
This walk is circular and approx. 4 miles in length.
Park in a layby, by the village hall. DT11 8DB. From the layby, head uphill along the road passing a quaint village pond with brick-built granary on saddle stones.
Continue along until you reach the church. Keeping the church on your left, continue up a tarmac road until it tapers out to a track. This is the Jubilee way.
However just as the road becomes a path turn left and continue down hill past the lawns of Chettle House. Where you get a fantastic view of this elegant baroque mansion. Go through a gate and follow a grassy track uphill. Go past a long barrow on your right (Much overgrown) and pass through some trees.
The bridleway is meant to go across the field to a the halfway down the hedge, but we did not see evidence of this, so we followed the field around its outer edge, turning right then left around the edge.
Follow the field down the hill and pass through some trees onto a path uphill through arable fields. The views from here are spectacular looking right over to Penbury Knoll at Pentridge, behind you as you head up the hill.
Continue left then right to a barn in the corner of the field. Keep the barn to your left and continue past the barn taking a sharp left. And after a few steps turn right along the hedgerow.
You will shortly pass a mast and base station on your right, turn right just after this onto a wooded footpath. You are back on the Jubilee trail again now.
Follow this until you come to a T Junction joining another path. Turn left here and pass through a wooded area that opens out into farmland after a few metres.
Follow the path around the field as does a bit of a dog leg. At the corner of the field take the foot path on your right.
Follow this footpath through a grass pasture, which when we were there had cows in. Cross the field and walk through the farmyard past the village hall on your left to your car.
A very pleasant and varied 4-mile walk. Refreshments can be found at the Castleman Hotel, and at the Chettle Village Store.
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