This is an easy walk for all ages and one which I am sure many in the village already know well – certainly anyone with a dog! However, the track can get very muddy after rain and even in dry weather it can be somewhat soft under foot in places. Watch out for mountain bikes and horse riders from the school’s stables.
Starting at Bryanston School gates opposite the Stour Inn, walk through the gates and immediately bear off to the right, up the slope and follow the path to the left down towards the river.
The thing that immediately strikes me on this walk is just how tall the trees are. Along the way you are surrounded by what are purported to be some of the tallest plane trees in the country and I can well believe it!
Stop and catch a glimpse of Blandford through the trees – in summer you are walking through a cool, green cathedral and seeing through the trees and across the river can be quite a challenge. However, it is a lovely and cool walk at the end of a hot summer’s day – remember them?
There are a couple of paths running off the main track which cross a stream and take you over the fields bordering the river out towards the weir – something to do another day when time permits.
After about 20 minutes walking you will see the school’s church and the path will pass around the church. Join the road which sweeps around in front of the church and follow it along the edge of the field on the right and then up the incline as it bears left away from the river.
Pass the entrance to the stables on the left and carry on up the hill until you reach a footpath going off to the left which will run parallel to the road as it steadily climbs and then slopes back down to the main gates.
Being further up the hill, the atmosphere along this path is far more open and you can see the sky! Watch out for some very large holes at the side of the path – badgers? Maybe.
Its a lovely calm and easy walk and as you stroll along keep an eye out for those odd glimpses of the river and town through the trees. Then you are suddenly heading down, back towards the main gates and the Blandford bridges and then its out through the gates again.
If you have got your timing right, pop into the Stour Inn for lunch or maybe an early evening drink before heading onwards for home.