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East Dorset Group is one of six groups within Dorset Area

Local Interest

This is your page! Many walkers have a great deal of knowledge about the countryside and it is fascinating to hear them talking about places we pass on walks.

If you know something about a Dorset landmark or place, or something about local history, why not tell us about it by emailing us.

Mary Baxter

Mary Baxter’s memorial stones

Mary Baxter worked tirelessly for the Ramblers (then known as the Ramblers Association) during the 1980’s. After her death, a stone memorial was put up on Knowle Hill.

Here is more about Mary and the memorial stones at Knowle Hill.

Memorial stones for Mary Baxter


Clavell Tower

The Clavell Tower is a familiar sight on the coastline above Kimmeridge Bay. It was built in 1830 for the Rev John Richards Clavell as an observatory and folly and later used by coastguards. It was gutted by fire in the 1930s and recently its position became precarious as coastal erosion threatened to topple it. Its popularity resulted in a campaign to save it and at last a heritage lottery fund grant was obtained to dismantle it stone by stone and rebuild it 25 metres further inland, which should keep it safe for another 200 years. This work was completed in 2008 and rooms in it will be let out in the future as a holiday appartment.

Clavell Tower

   St Aldhelm's Chapel

St Aldhelm's Chapel

Restored in 1874, the original building could be nearly a thousand years old. No one knows for sure what it is. It could have been some sort of lookout post or a Norman chapel. There is a story that it was built by a man in memory of his daughter and her new husband, lost to the sea in the 12th Century.

Millenium Gardens

This garden was developed in the village of Hinton St Mary (north of Sturminster Newton) on the site where a Roman mosaic floor was discovered. The garden was created by volunteers among the villagers, who have also maintained it since it was first opened in the year 2000. As you enter the garden you see the maze shown in the photograph, a living sun dial in which you cast the shadow and rustic seating among shrubs and flowers. At the far end of this area, you pass into a small orchard.

The mosaic floor has since been moved to the British Museum.

Millenium Garden at Hinton St Mary

Near Bingham’s 

This overgrown yew hedge, seen over a wall from the grassy strip running north out of Bingham’s Melcombe about 5 miles north of Puddletown, has been there since Tudor times.


Throop Mill

The mill at Throop (on the Stour, just north of Bournemouth) is an early 20th century building but there have been mills at this site for at least the last 1000 years. The ponds, the weir and river crossings make this a very pleasant spot. Sadly, the mill is in a poor state of repair and plans to restore it are moving slowly.

Throop Mill

Page updated 3rd November 2014.

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