1. Netherbury & Oxbridge
Park and start at Netherbury Village Hall on New Inn Street. Take a Left out of the car park passing the Reading Room on your right and Paradise House on your left. Reach the top of the hill to a small flight of steps up towards St Mary’s Church. Turn right in front of the church gate along the little footpath until you come to some steps on your left. Walk down the steps and follow that path down through the wild garlic to the weir in 160 yards.
After crossing the weir and walking up the small footpath a 100 yards you will come to the entrance to Parnham Farm. Turn right passing the Mill House, to the junction of Drury Lane and and Bridge Street . Here proceed straight ahead, up the untarred track, which is signed to Oxbidge.
Just follow the track for around 600 yards until you meet the River Brit and the famous River Cottage (of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall ).
The bridleway is straight ahead, through the field gate; keep the cottage and former mill pond to the right. Skirt the lower slopes of the pasture, via cattle- troughs and gateways, to pass above the ponds and Slape Mill. In 800 yards pass through the hamlet of Oxbridge.
On reaching the tarred public road in a further 200 yards, after Meadowbank, turn right towards Waytown. Re-cross the River Brit in 100 yards and proceed uphill for 50 yards. Now turn left across the stile and follow the terraced path above the river. To the left are the willows and thatch of Oxbridge. Ahead is the next hamlet, Camesworth, but keep both the red-brick house and the River Brit across to the left.
In 800 yards, opposite the middle house at Camesworth, cross a stile in the fence between two pastures. Here there are options and ours is to turn right, uphill, with our back to the river. Cross the road on the hilltop, beside Elwell Lodge, in ¼ mile. Proceed straight ahead along the double-hedge track – under the trees – on the other side. This bridleway gradually drops down to a cross-roads of paths besides a barn in 550 yards. Here continue straightahead, over the stile beside the holly bush, and follow the hedgerow down and across the field to the road between Marlis Farm and Whithay in 150 yards. Exit from the pasture through a gate below the electricity cables.
Once again continue straight ahead, up the untarred road ‘Unsuitable for motors’. Salwayash is across on the hill to the left. Pass the drive to Hannams Cottage in 650 yards and also proceed straight ahead at the junction of tracks in a further 350 yards. The main track brings us to the top of the hill at the 100-metre contour in ¼ mile. You can tell it is the highest point around as it has both a telecommunications mast and a wind turbine. The track passes Patley Wood Farm and is tarred for the final part of the descent to a road junction in ¼ mile. Tree- topped Lewesdon Hill forms the skyline ahead.
Proceed straight ahead for 100 yards and then fork right at the next junction (towards Netherbury). Follow Hingsdon Lane to pass the entrances to Hingsdon Farm in 200 yards and continue downhill beyond them. Pass the drive to Amber Cottage in ¼ mile. Then in 275 yards turn left, through a gate, to follow the hedge beside and behind the vineyard. The bridleway brings us to a lane in 550 yards. Turn right, down Orchard Hill and then Tower Hill, to St Mary’s Church in ½ mile. The raised pavement below the tower overlooks the Old Rectory and then the Chantry as it descends to Chantry Street and the centre of the village in 275 yards.
Just 7 Miles from the Great Jurassic Coast Walk's
The truly stunning Jurassic coastlineDistance: 95 miles Difficulty: Days vary from Easy to ChallengingThis walk takes in the entire Jurassic Coast, England’s first UNESCO designated natural World Heritage Site. It covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth's history. It begins in Exmouth with the oldest red Triassic rocks and ends with the youngest white chalk stacks at Old Harry Rocks. The impact of the sea is distinctly evident in the many amazing rock formations and cliff faces on this stretch of coastline.
There are some fantastic views as you walk along West Bay and on to the highest point on the South coast at Golden Cap. It leads on to Durdle Door with its infamous rock arch and the equally iconic Lulworth Cove.
The route then takes you along Chesil beach, Europe’s first barrier beach, and around the isle of Portland. The last leg of the route takes you past Durlston Head before reaching Old Harry Rocks, near Studland. This is quite literally a walk through time!