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Langton House

Dorset, England

The fields and woods around Langton walking and hiking route

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Walk Instructions

Start Point

Leave Langton House and follow Durnford Drove to the main road. Note the associations with the Reader family (Gang Show) on the Scouts’ building on the left.

Turn right at the junction, cross over to walk past the church soon after turning left (signpost) into a green track that runs alongside the graveyard.

Pass through the exit gate, then proceed straight across the field towards a stile that gives access into woodlands, with long distance glimpses of Ballard Point to the right.

Almost at once the path merges with a more prominent one - turn right and walk towards a gate. (A notice board reveals a three year regeneration scheme in the woodland which formerly housed Crack Lane marble quarry).

Pass through the gate, veer left to pass through a second gate and proceed downhill towards the main road (A351) caution neded.

At the main road veer left (towards Harman’s Cross) to walk along the verge to arrive at a junction with a secondary road on the left, at the brow of the road. Enter the “no through road” signposted lane. When confronted by a sign to Wilks Wood farm, veer right (waymark) along a wide track running through umbrageous woodland. At the next junction take the left fork, then continue straight ahead passing stiles both left and right.

I passed this way on a spring like day in December 2001. What it must be like to sample these surroundings in the summer when flycatchers are darting in and out of the trees, warblers are singing, woodpeckers are drumming and the sound of cuckoo fills the air? According to my map the woods are called Langton West Wood but the sign indicates Wilks Wood.

Emerging from the woodland, with the rather untidy Quarry farm ahead, turn sharp left to follow the indication to Langton. This involves an uphill section which loosely follows the woodland boundary. Look out for the gates and stiles.

Where the woodland ends, swing *left through a stile, then continue alongside the top edge of the wood. Pass through a stile situated alongside a telegraph pole, then shoot straight across the next field towards an unnecessary stile then continue straight on to a wide gate.

Pass through this gate and swing 90º right uphill and pass through a metal barred gate into a farm enclosure. Walk up the small field and pass through a small gate on the right. Pass through the farm buildings then proceed to the main road. At the road turn left, then soon after enter Durnford Drove on the right.

*An alternative route back to Langton aims diagonally right from the stile. This option takes in Norman’s Field - a preserved former family-owned stone quarry. This was worked up to 1940 when Mr. Norman died of a heart attack having worked the capstan himself following the death of his donkey. If electing this route continue up the lane, turning left at the main road.

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Disclaimer: This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers' own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the ‎level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.

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