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Dorchester Town Trail is a 1.8 kilometer loop trail located near Dorchester, Dorset, England and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips.

Distance: 1.8 km Elevation Gain: 40 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

nature trips


city walk

This walk around Dorchester starts at the monument known as the Town Pump in South Street and takes in some of Dorchester's points of interest including The Thomas Hardy Brewery and the Maumbury Rings. The walk follows footpaths around the town and apart from needing to take care of traffic on some busy roads the walk is very easy and provides a few places to stop off on the way including the Borough Park. The county town of Dorset, Dorchester, is an historic market town that lies on the banks of the River Frome just south of the Dorset Downs and north of the South Dorset Ridgeway that separates the area from Weymouth. Dorchester's roots stem back to prehistoric times. Settlements were first based around Maiden Castle, a large Iron Age hill fort. The Romans built a wall around the town and the remains can still be seen today. Local author and poet Thomas Hardy based the fictional town of Casterbridge on Dorchester. Hardy's childhood home is to the east of the town, and his house in town, Max Gate, is owned by the National Trust and open to the public.

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