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including five mary’s, riverside walks, and the heaths

distance:  Approx. 7 miles in total

time:  Approx. 3 hours 

terrain:  Mainly flat, one fairly steep climb to Five Mary’s 

views:  Heathland, open countryside 

historic interest:  The Village Pound, St Christopher’s Church 

points of interest:  Five Mary’s tumuli 

nearby pubs:  Countryman Inn, Red Lion, Sailor’s Return

bus connections:  X53 or 103


The trail, covering some 7 miles, has been waymarked with distinctive Sycamore leaf discs on fingerposts to make it easier to follow.  Much of the trail is easy walking over flat terrain, though some sections may be muddy during wet weather.


Always wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the season.  

The leaflet gives some information about local points of interest  and some historical information on the three villages.

This walk, originally conceived in  the 1970’s as a walk around  Winfrith, has now been extended to take in two more villages – East Knighton and East Chaldon – and is now also known as the Three Villages Trail.

The trail can be started from the Countryman Inn car park at East Knighton or the Sailor’s Return pub car park at East Chaldon.

A leaflet giving full details of this walk is available from Winfrith Shop and Post Office. 

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