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Whilst Shaftesbury has a Lido, if you're seeking adventures in nature, the ladies in FOLDE Dorset (at the top of Gold Hill's cobbles) are a mine of information; from wild swimming to exploring the lesser-known aspects of the county - the hidden and the forgotten.


If walking is a passion, the Wessex Ridgeway passes close to Shaftesbury with a 'Shaftesbury Loop' taking in the Ridgeway (15.8km) through the lush Nadder Valley, woods and pastures, and small hamlets. The huts are situated on the edge of Fontmell and Melbury Downs with walking and far-reaching views across the Blackmore Vale, the open ancient chalk grassland of the lower slopes is covered in wildflowers in the spring and summer months and is famous for its wild orchids. 


For cycling enthusiasts, The North Dorset Trailway extends 14 miles from Sturminster Newton to Spetisbury and is largely made up of the old Somerset and Dorset Railway which linked Bristol and and Bournemouth until the 1960s. Stop at Shillingstone Station, restored by dedicated volunteers, for tea and cake along the way. There is local coarse (Henstridge) and trout (Mere) fishing, and further afield sea fishing from Poole Harbour.


Maps are available to borrow, with a folder of local knowledge compiled for your use in both huts. Gillingham (Dorset) station is 15 minutes away. can help you plan your trip, we are happy to collect you from the station.


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