Melbury Beacon and Downs is a 3.9 kilometer loop trail located near Shaftesbury, Dorset, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

Distance: 3.9 km Elevation Gain: 167 m Route Type: Loop

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A short but fairly strenuous circular walk taking in a chalk downland area of natural beauty which is managed by the National Trust. The walk starts from Spread Eagle Hill and heads out climbing quite steeply to the top of Melbury Hill, giving views for miles around across the surrounding downland, and then returning along Compton Down. The area is well known for its butterflies, orchids and glow-worms. The walk follows paths around the steep sloping downland and the paths will get slippery and muddy after wet weather. There are two stiles and a couple of gates. The first stile is open underneath for dogs to pass through, but the second stile is more enclosed so dogs may need a lift over and it also has a steep drop on the opposite side so some people may also need a hand! Dogs are welcome on the downs as long as they are under close control as the area is grazed with cattle. The area is very isolated so there are no refreshment or toilet facilities. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.

hiking
3 months ago

We took an extra leg into the lower woods you can see from the beacon. Great views

hiking
8 months ago

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