Walk 2 – Exploring the village. Easy
Start at the village hall car park. Walk up towards the hall and turn left onto the tarmac path. Follow this straight on until you leave the recreation ground and go onto Eldons Drove – there is no signage to indicate the name of road but you come out opposite a house called Windrush.
Turn right here. Walk towards the T junction – on the left notice the pump which was placed by the WI in 1980 to mark the site of the Parish Well . At one time, the recreation ground itself was a farmer’s field.
At the T junction, turn right towards crossroads. Note the house on the right called ‘The Vineyard’. It stands on the site of the original school. When you reach the crossroads, carefully cross over the High St. to reach the War Memorial. You are now in Lime Kiln Road. With your back to the Memorial, look back across the road to ‘Victory Court’ flats which was once the site of the Victory Hall . Lytchett Matravers WI used to meet there and some members can recall that children from the school would arrive at the meeting just in time for tea!
Continue walking along Lime Kiln Road until you reach Turbetts Close on the left. At this point you can see the old school building dated 1874 on the brickwork. As you walk along, the names of some of the new houses give a clue to the type of buildings in the area – including a baker’s shop and a Wesleyan Chapel. Continue along Lime Kiln Road, staying on the left hand side – crossing Castle Farm Road and Old Chapel Drive until you reach Flowers Drove. Cross this, and then the road you have been following (you can see both ways here) and reach the junction with Wareham Road.* Turn right into Wareham Rd and continue – passing the Methodist Chapel on your right. At the Rose and Crown cross roads, turn right and walk back up to the Village Hall Car park.
Distance: 1 Mile / 1.6 kms Steps: 2000
*Walk 2a – Make it bigger!
At the junction with Wareham Road continue straight along ( now Wimborne Road) passing several cottages and a couple of fields on your left. Take great care where the footpath ends and you have to walk on the road. You may wish to cross the road before it bends round to the right for better vision). Continue until a few yards past a footpath sign going to the left. Just beyond the 30mph sign you will come to a footpath sign, pointing to the right –‘1/3 Huntick Road’. This is a relatively
new path and will lead you through to Huntick Road. It is usually good under foot but can get a little overgrown in summer. At the end, turn right, using the verge if possible until you are able to cross to where the pavement starts on the corner of Huntick and Foxhills roads. Walk on until you reach the Rose and Crown cross – roads. Cross over, and continue up the High street and back to the village hall car park.
Distance: 1.7 miles/2.7 kms Approximate step count: 3,520