One of Dorset’s best countryside gems. A striking area of unspoilt countryside the full width of the River Hooke valley. The Kingcombe Centre, run by Dorset Wildlife Trust, is nestled in this beautiful landscape.

The delightful Kingcombe Centre

As you journey on the winding county lanes, past the quaint rivers and through the superb, unspoilt countryside you will find the Kingcombe Centre. The Centre bursts with character and charm and is a lovely place to take a moment from busy lives and just relax and be inspired.

If you feel peckish then the Kingcombe centre has a tearoom open to the public everyday from the beginning of March until December, offering hot drinks and delicious cakes.

Whilst there check out the courses on offer at the Kingcombe centre. From courses in photography to art and archeology to astronomy, there really is something for everyone!

Kingcombe Meadows (c) Mark Heighes

Unspoilt countryside

The 185 hectare reserve is managed by Dorset Wildlife Trust as a working farm, grazed by cows and sheep, using traditional methods without artificial fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides. The result is a patchwork of fields & unimproved grassland, broken up by thick hedges, streams, ponds, ancient green lanes & wooded areas.

For us, the result is a stunning landscape rich in wildlife to see. In Spring the wildflowers put on a good show and is well worth a visit.

(C) Tony Gill

Explore the reserve

There is a marked trail across the reserve which can be followed as a short or long circular walks. There is also a marked tramper route, suitable for powered disabled vehicles, when ground conditions allow.

For those longer for a longer hike, then join a long distance trails that heads across the site. There is the Jubilee Trail and the Wessex Ridgeway.

An overview and map to download can be found here.

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