Views of the 3000 year old Hillfort of Hambledon Hill dominate the view from the barn and change continually.
A network of well maintained paths and bridleways around the village and the hill make for a variety of walks and cycle rides (Bridleways are open to cyclists). It takes about 1/2 hour to get to the top of Hambledon Hill from the barn. An hours walk over the hill takes you down into the village of Shroton where lunch at the Cricketers is a welcome reward. The more ambitions can climb over Hambledon HIll and then almost directly up to the top of another iron age hill fort, Hod Hill.
In about 20 minutes from the barn you can walk to and along the River Stour.
Gold Hill Organic Farm is about 5 minutes walk from the barn. Sara and Andrew Cross grow delicious organic vegetables which are sold in the shop along with lots of other mainly locally sourced foods. They also have a cafe where Sara makes delicious soups and salads. They keep a heard of British White Cattle and are always happy for those interested to walk around the farm. www.goldhillorganicfarm.com
From the barn it is about a 15 minute walk to access the North Dorset Trailway by the River Stour just outside of Child Okeford towards Shillingston. By bicycle this would take about 7 minutes. From there you can walk or cycle along the trailway to Sturminster Newton or to Blandford Forum. There is room to store bikes in a shed opposite the barn. www.dorsetforyou.com/media/pdf/i/f/TrailwayLeaflet_1.pdf http://walkandcycle.co.uk/dorset/trail_summary.php?recordID=DORSTR0051
Gallery situated on the organic farm next door, run by Kelly, the owner of Giddy Acre Barn, showing Contemporary and Modern British Paintings, prints and ceramics. www.theartstable.co.uk/about.php
There is a village shop in the centre which sells basic foodstuffs, fresh bread and pastries, newspapers etc.
Dorset’s spectacular and richly varied World Heritage Jurassic coastline with Poole Harbour (Sandbanks, Studland Bay, Brownsea Island) and the Isle of Purbeck (Corfe Castle, Durdle Door and Kimmeridge) being about half an hour’s drive directly south of here. jurassiccoast.org
The City of Bath is 50 minutes north, with its Roman Bath-house and Beautiful sandy stone buildings and pedestrian friendly centre around the abbey with a wide variety of eating. visitbath.co.uk/things-to-do/attractions
National Trust house and gardens near Wimborne www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy/