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This walk, initially written and published by Pam Reeks was later extended and re-published by the Historical Society (which has now closed). It has been updated by the webmaster of

Verwood Town Centre Trail

 - approx 1 miles (1 to 1.5 hours).
 - This short walk takes in several important sites around the former village centre, showing stages in the town’s development. As many of the buildings have been demolished, the 19 illustrations show what stood there in former times.


It is hoped that copies will be available in the Heathland Heritage Centre or select below for the web version.







These walks consist of a series of circular walks around Verwood. Verwood and District Ramblers to mark their 50th Anniversary and have been produced in association with Dorset Council. Printed copies can be obtained from Verwood Town Hall, Verwood Library and the Heathland Heritage Centre. Copies can also be downloaded from the Dorset Council Website - please follow te link below.


 Walkabout one
Stephen's Castle.   

 - approx 1.6 miles.
 - A short walk from the Potters Wheel Car Park (By the Heritage Centre) around Stephen's Castle Nature Reserve.

 Walkabout two
 Stephen's Castle.   

 - approx 4.5 miles.
 -  An easy walk from central Verwood around Ringwood Forest and Stephen's Castle Nature Reserve taking in three local viewpoints.

 Walkabout three
 Lower Common

 - approx 4.9 miles.
 -  A circular walk starting at Potterne Park

 Walkabout four
 Moors Valley

 - approx 5.8 miles.
 -  A stroll around Moors Valley Country Park starting at Potterne Park

 Walkabout five
 The Bluebell Walk

 - approx 6.5 miles.
-  A circular walk around local woodland starting at the end of Margards Lane in Vrewood.

 Walkabout six
 Verwood Circular

 - approx 7 miles.
 -  A longer walk from Potterne Park around Verwood passing many interesting Local features.

 Walkabout seven
 Horton Tower

 - approx 8.7 miles.
 -  A longer walk passing Horton Tower, through woodland and along local tracks




For those who wish to wander further afield please visit the Dorset Council website which contains a selection of round walks to help you enjoy and celebrate you local Rights of Way network. The walkabout project is a combined effort between local volunteer enthusiasts and Dorset Council. Please visit the Dorset Council "Walkabouts page for more details click link below.

At the time of writing walkabouts were available for:-

 Kingston Maurward.

- From Kingston Maurward to two Thomas Hardy's homes.

 Sturminster Newton.

- 8 walks from Sturminster Newton including the Blackmore Vale.

 Swanage Walkabout.

- These are designed to help you explore Durlston, Swanage and the local natural and historic environment.

 Thorncombe Wood.

- A selection of routes to explore around the landscape that Thomas Hardy grew up in and was inspired by.

 Verwood Walkabouts

- A series of circular walks from Verwood through the surrounding countryside.



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