Dorset
July 2016
Three hours south of the Cotswolds, I arrived at the Museum Inn in Farnham, Dorset, for four days of walking.
The road from Farnham to Tollard Royal, Dorset.
The countryside near Tollard Royal.
The countryside near Tollard Royal.
St. Peter ad Vincula, Tollard Royal, parts of which date to 1291, though there have been countless alterations since.
And you thought your new roof was expensive. I may encourage my grandnephews to become Master Thatchers. Farnham, Dorset.
Saplinghenge, my own amazing discovery.
Early 20th Century stained glass in the 14th Century church in Tarrant Hinton, Dorset.
Contemporary stained glass by Thomas Denny (2000) in Tarrant Hinton.
On the edge of Ansty Coombe, the Dorset cottage to end all Dorset cottages.
The countryside near Ansty, Dorset.
Along the trail near Tisbury.
The countryside near Tisbury.
Approaching Old Wardour Castle.
Old Wardour Castle, built in the 1390's and largely destroyed during the English Civil War in the 1640's.
Old Wardour Castle.
Old Wardour Castle.
Old Wardour Castle.
Old Wardour Castle. Amazingly, you can still climb the spiral stone staircases in the ruins.
Old Wardour Castle.
Old Wardour Castle, with "new" Wardour Castle in the distance, right of center.
Wardour Castle, the 18th Century home of the Arundell family, and still in private hands.
The countryside near Ansty Coombe.
The countryside near Ansty Coombe.
Repurposing in Tollard Royal.
At the Compton Abbas Airfield.
At the Compton Abbas Airfield.
At the Compton Abbas Airfield.
The Cerne Abbas Giant, Dorset, also known as the "Rude Man of Cerne." Probably 17th Century, and sorely in need of having his cue tip rechalked.
The remarkably elaborate little Norman church in Piddletrenthide, Dorset.
The chalk cliffs of the south coast of Dorset, looking towards Weymouth. As in Cornwall, a path runs along most of the coastline, and it's a real workout.
Durdle Door, on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset, near Lulworth.
The chalk cliffs west of Durdle Door.
The chalk cliffs west of Durdle Door.
A kestrel surveying the cliffs.
Looking inland from the Dorset coast.
Looking inland from the Dorset coast.
The beach at Durdle Door, a popular spot.