Fontmell Down Circular Walk

This is a very good National Trust walk with stunning views across the Blackmore Vale, the landscape at the heart of Thomas Hardy country. Walking along the open expanse of downland here, you can also find many species of butterflies and wildflowers; in early spring, for example, the slopes are carpeted in yellow cowslips. A... Continue Reading →

Dorset dark sky

The sky was clear - remarkably clear - and the twinkling of all the stars seemed to be but throbs of one body timed by a common pulse. Thomas Hardy Far from the Madding Crowd


And here come the daffodils, early bloomers lighting up the woodland paths in all their super-charged yellow glory. These ones (I think!) are Narcissus Jetfire, their orange trumpets sexting like mad. As they sway in the breeze it feels like you’re watching spring once more bursting into life. Few capture the scene of a swathe... Continue Reading →

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