As lockdown eases and we are allowed to venture past the supermarket, why not visit some of our favourite places to explore in and around Shaftesbury. These are perfect places for a change of scenery and a picnic. Before the weather starts to get colder, let’s get out and go for a wander:
Start in the pedestrianised High Street with many individual shops and cafes. Behind the Town Hall is world famous Gold Hill of Hovis ad fame and then St Peter’s church where pilgrims to the Abbey would worship.
You can wander up either Angel Lane or Mustons Lane to join Bell Street where you’ll find the Tourist Information Centre packed with ideas of where to go, what to see and such helpful, friendly staff to ask about the town and area.
The Abbey grounds on Park Walk with wonderful views south over the Dorset countryside are open every weekend and all that is asked is a donation. This is also the beginning of one of the Tree walks looking at historic trees, Do help yourself to the leaflets in the TIC!
Find Castle Hill and the views northwards to Alfred’s Tower and beyond on a fine day – a place to catch the wind in your hair and enjoy.
Have you also picked up the Attractions – road map guide? Here you’ll find reference to the “big hitters” – Stourhead, Stonehenge and Durdle Door, but have a closer look and visit less well known (and therefore less crowded) places. Duncliffe Woods, Larmer Tree gardens laid out by the Pitt Rivers, Sturminster Newton Mill or Sherborne.
We love living in an area of such beauty and interest, such historic resonances and such friendly communities – we hope that you will enjoy your time here.