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Milton Abbas Heritage Hike

This walk starts and finishes in the quaint and picturesque Milton Abbas.

This village was designed around 1780 by famous landscape designer Capability Brown who helped to plan the layout of the village, surrounding gardens and woods. As well as the village, the route also takes in St. Catherine's Chapel and magnificent views of Milton Abbey and Milton Abbey School, previously a monastery and a stately home. You also pass the lake, site of the former village of Middleton that was destroyed and parts moved to the main village of Milton Abbas.


Chalk Downland and woodland. The majority of the route follows hard surfaced track ways with the remainder on grass or arable fields. There is one steep section above St James Church but this can be avoided by walking up the road through the village.

Finding your way

On the ground this walk is signed with a white waymark disc with a drawing of one of village iconic cottages. This route follows permissive footpaths in places. These have been provided by kind permission of the landowner.

Parking and public transport

Although there is no formal parking there is plenty of room to park on the road, especially near the church where the walk starts. 

Places to eat /refreshments

Hambro Arms pub and a village store

Start Point: Milton Abbas by St James Church
Finish Point: Circular walk
Total Distance: 3.5 miles / 5 km
Districts Covered: North Dorset
Map Information: OS Explorer Maps 116 & 117

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