After a short transfer, today's hike leads uphill onto the commanding ridgeline of Cranborne Chase before it descends into the Nadder Valley to return to Shaftesbury.
Begin today in the small village of Tollard Royal, with lovely examples of traditional thatched cottages. The walk soon takes you up the Marilyn of Win Green, the highest point of Cranborne Chase with a peak of 227m, offering expansive views over Dorset and Wiltshire. Enjoy the open countryside as you dip up and down through the fields and make your way back to Shaftesbury.
Today's walk is a rewarding one, especially if the weather is on your side. You might even be able to see as far as the Isle of Wight from Win Green! It's a small peak, classed as a Marilyn, but with a relatively flat start to the day, it comes across as a bit of a climb - the views are definitely worth it. Drop into the bakery on Shaftesbury main street and buy a picnic before you leave, it opens early.
The weather can play a big part in the trail conditions - if it's wet then be prepared for some sections to be quite slippery. You're less likely to encounter any traffic today as a majority of walking is on different national trails, however, you do cross roads at a few points so be wary of vehicles.
Good sturdy and waterproof boots are a must and walking poles suggested for some sections of the trip. Make sure to bring plenty of water and a snack or packed lunch.
Make sure to bring water and snacks with you as you won't have the opportunity to purchase while out on the walk although there is a good pub just after the Ludwell watercress beds. There are a few shops in Shaftesbury.
Gold Hill, a steep cobbled street, featured in the 1973 Hovis Advert and well known as one of the most romantic sights in England. https://www.visit-dorset.com/things-to-do/gold-hill-p1244443