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River Walk

LOCALITY: Dorchester, Dorset
DISTANCE: 2 miles (3.22 km)
FACILITIES: There & back, Parking, Toilets, Pub, Cafe

GRADIENT: A few ups & downs
OS MAP: Cerne Abbas & Bere Regis

Walk description:

From Yeovil you drive along the A37 toward Dorchester. When you get there head towards any of the car parks. When you are in the town centre walk up South Street until you get to the top. Here you will see a stone column. This is the Town Pump.

From the Town Pump at the top of South Street, turn right and walk down High East Street. When you get to All Saints Church, cross to the other side of the street at the crossing. Then continue down this side of High East Street.

Keep walking along the pavement until you go across a bridge. Immediately after going across the bridge turn left into a lane along side the river.

The path at first is a little uneven. Walk along this path until you get to wooden plank path on your right. This is the entrance into a small Nature Reserve. Follow the path all the way to the end. This brings you back to the path you were on. Turn right and continue your walk along the river.

When you get to a bridge on your left this is where people used to gather to watch hangings at the local gaol. Keep walking straight on along the river, until you get to the end of the path.

On your right you will see John's pond. Legend has it that a prisoner named John drowned here after escaping from the local gaol. Turn left here and on your right you will see a thatched cottage which used to be the home of the town's executioner.

From here you need to turn around and retrace your way back to the Town Pump.

Additional notes:

There is lots of pay and display parking around Dorchester town centre. Toilet and eating facilities are in the town centre.

18/08/2008 | Walk posted by cathy nettley

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