Walk

Launceston Farm is the perfect base for your walking holiday. Head out from the farm gate across the rolling down-land and woodland of the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Plan your own or follow one of Sarah’s circular walks, swinging past The Langton Arms or The Museum Inn along the way.

If you are heading further afield there are a number of multi-use long-distance trail ways which are within easy reach of the farm.  We have guide books which you are welcome to borrow and we can advise you on which sections to walk. Here are five of the best:

Best for spectacular views:

The Wessex Ridgeway in Dorset is a magnificent ridge-top route crossing Dorset’s rural heartland. The trail offers vistas across the county and breath taking views to far beyond. The majority of the route straddles a long Chalk ridge but on occasions is broken up by small rounded hills, secluded valleys and quintessential Dorset villages.

Best for access:

The North Dorset Trailway Network is largely made up of sections of the old Somerset and Dorset Railway which used to link Bristol, Bournemouth and Christchurch. The old railway went through a large number of agricultural villages and towns where there were stations every few miles several of which have been renovated.  Wide paths,  hard surfaces and long flat stretches make this trail accessible to many different users.

Best for not bumping into anyone else:

The Dorset Jubilee Trail was devised to avoid existing trails and popular rights of way and to seek out the little known and little used paths in order to open them up for all to enjoy. The Trail winds through quiet villages, passing rural churches, and offers extensive views over the rolling downs and secret valleys that make Dorset so special.

Best for a challenge:

Ranking alongside the Great Himalayan trail as one of the world’s most awe inspiring hikes, The South West Coast Path is truly inspirational. The Path starts on the shores of Poole Harbour, which is a twenty minute drive from the farm, or pick up the trail at Worth Matravers or Dancing Ledge for more of a challenge and some breathtaking scenery.

Best walk around a town:

As the most downloaded walk in the National Trust database, we have to include the Bath Skyline Trail.  A six mile circular walk with beautiful views over the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath, taking you through hidden valleys rich in limestone flowers and tranquil beech woodlands. If you are visiting Bath from here, why not go a couple of hours early and walk the walk?

Sarah’s Guided Walks

For a group of 6 or more, Sarah, a highly experienced and knowledgeable hiker, will tailor make a route for you and your party and then guide you along your way. Sarah’s local knowledge of the landscape and her passion for walking in Dorset and Wiltshire will give you a unique view of your surroundings. For more information, availability and pricing please contact us.