This walk follows the course of the river, from near its source to its junction with the River Frome in the water meadows at Charminster.

Along the route you can see the smallest pub in England, the Smith’s Arms at Godmanstone, Britain’s largest hill figure, the Cerne Giant and visit Hilfield Hill Local Nature Reserve.

Walk a little ... or a lot!

On the ground the trail is signed with a round white disc with a buzzard in the centre. Buzzards can be seen circling above the trail along the whole route. Follow this waymark disc to find your way along the entire length of the trail.

The circular walk is 26 miles long but you can do sections of it for shorter walks.

Parking at Hilfield Hill Local Nature Reserve, Cerne Abbas and Dorchester. Train stations at Dorchester and various local bus services.

Full information about the Trail and downloadable leaflets can be found on the Dorset Council website.

Get a taste of the local landscape

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