Walk: The Village Trail

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


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

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.


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