Dorset - - Countryside Life - WORDS & PHO­TOS: Ed­ward Grif­fiths

This lovely walk takes us from wa­ter­cress beds to a church fa­mous for its life-size carv­ings of apos­tles

This var­ied walk takes you past wa­ter­cress beds fed by a gin clear chalk stream, along peace­ful coun­try lanes with thatched cot­tages, by an an­cient ford, up his­toric tracks with panoramic views and over rare Dorset heath. Here we visit an old gravel quarry be­fore re­turn­ing to Bere Regis, and its church where you will find life-size fig­ures of the apos­tles carved into its beams. left along the lane. Around a left bend, take the right hedge-gap and sleeper-bridge into a long field. Bear ¼-left to the far cor­ner hedge-gap. Through, con­tinue across the field aim­ing for the py­lon above trees. Then aim for road­side chevrons. Through the hedge cor­ner gap to Lane End’s chevrons, turn right around the cor­ner and fol­low the hedged lane, past Fair View Orchard, to the Wool road again. cul-de-sac with right woods at first and in­stantly pass­ing right thatched Min­terns Ferry cot­tage. Un­du­lat­ing and me­an­der­ing for ¾ mile, en­joy the stroll, pass­ing a foot­path-sign, thatched Dairy House and two other thatched cot­tages, and views across left fields all the way to Turn­ers Pud­dle.

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