Walk organiser: Tony Ash, 79, Chelston Avenue, Yeovil, Somerset BA21 4PT

Walk Fee: £1.00

Start Point: Top O’ Town Car Park adjacent to The Keep. Map Ref: OS 194 688 907, Sat Nav Code DT1 1RN. Car parks are free on Sundays. Toilets and the A35 café are situated in car park.  Stamps can be obtained at the organisers’ address by prior arrangement.

Alternative start points: Railway stations, bus station and Queen Mother Square car park (free parking all the time) @ Poundbury. See route instructions for locations.

Route Directions

The Keep built circa 1880 is part of the now defunct military barracks and houses the Military Museum of Devon & Dorset. At entrance of car park turn left to roundabout, cross The Grove at pedestrian crossing to the Thomas Hardy monument. Turn left on tree lined high pavement passing County Hall, going round right hand bend and in 50m turn right through gate to pass the Armistice Centenary Poppy Bank (Flanders and Ladybird varieties) on left and walk round the Roman Town House (free) and retrace steps back to gate, turn right. ahead down slope to steps on left, cross road slightly left to turn right down slope to pass the Hangman’s Cottage on left, the dwelling place of the executioner who carried out the sentences of the infamous Judge Jefferys’ Bloody Assizes. From here, ahead, to turn left over bridge and right onto the waterside walkway, river on right. Cross first iron railed bridge on right and go up Friary Hill (no name), into North Square, Dorchester Prison comes into view on the right and turn right into Colliton Street. 120m turn left into Grey School Passage to end at High West Street. Immediately on wall on left at Trinity Church a marble inlay dedicated to “Our church and Parish who died in the Great War”.

Q1 What regiment and when did Pte H Drake serve?

Ahead passing the site of Judge Jeffreys Bloody Assizes court, the Oak Room, now a restaurant. Pass the Dorset County Museum and reach St Peters’ Church and the memorial cross to the War 1914-1918 on the corner with The Bow.

Q2 Who was the Rector 1913-1919?

Pass the Corn Exchange and at pedestrian crossing turn left into Friary Lane, ahead, turn right into Orchard Street (name directly in front!) ahead and down steps to road (Frome Terrace) turn left to cross bridge on right and turn right along the waterside walkway to end. Turn left on pavement (London Road) to reach Grey’s Bridge, cross road go to centre of bridge, beware traffic!

Q3 On black and white notice, what was the punishment for injuring the bridge?

Return and turn left into King’s Road. Follow road passing playground, continue on road crossing Lubbecke Way  to crossing point B4K43, and into cemetery, up the path 5m turn right up steps and pass through the Commonwealth War Graves section to reach black fence by watering point. Pass black fence on left and ahead to a terrace next to hedge on right and ahead to the German World War 1 Memorial on left in bank.

Q4 What is the name of town below Josef Walters’ name?

Retrace steps go up small bank on right along grass to pass through yew trees. Locate grass path to exit cemetery through black gate at top. Half left across grass to car park passing St Georges’ Church on your left, at SLOW, ahead on access road to end, cross road to Fordington Green.  Straight on downhill, and turn right into South Walks Road, 50m turn right into short stony track into park, turn left at cross paths, exit park veer right and cross Icen Way to the Dorchester Martyrs Memorial. Ahead along Snowdrop Walk to pedestrian crossing (do not cross), turn right along Acland Road (no sign) through two roundabouts passing site of Dorchester Henge on corner by Waitrose. Ahead to High Street East, turn left. Ahead to turn left into South Street and the site of the Town Pump. 15m turn right into Antelope Lane to notice board on right opposite Oak Room relaying the Judge Jefferys’ saga, note also the Trafalgar Way plaque.. Retrace steps to South Street and turn right. Ahead passing Nappers Mite to end and the Cenotaph on left. Cross South Walks Road, turn right, cross Prince of Wales road, pass Rowan House, turn left into Weymouth Avenue to Brewery Square, turn left along Eldridge Street (location of the now disused Eldridge Pope Brewery)

Q5 What is the date on large building on left?

Turn right round the square, Start point - Dorchester South Railway Station up slope on left and the adjoining bus station, passing big screen on left, up steps in front to brewing vat, turn left then right to the “Dray Horse”. Turn left uphill passing police station to enter Maumbury Rings - a large Roman Amphitheatre, an optional circumnavigation clockwise and exit through way in, cross road when safe to opposite pavement, turn left rounding the skate park on right into Maumbury Road passing Fairfield car park (alternative parking) on right. Start Point - Dorchester West Railway Station up road on left. From station downhill to traffic lights turn left and cross on Cornwall Road. At traffic lights cross and straight on into Cornwall Road, 100m turn right into the Borough Gardens and exit through gate at top just past the exercise equipment area. Cross road passing a cutaway section of Roman Wall on right, cross to left along Bridport Road (passing the Keep!) straight on uphill passing hospital on left to reach second roundabout in front, cross Middle Farm Way, turn left on path. You are now entering Poundbury, a Duchy of Cornwall estate, the innovative housing development of which Prince Charles had a major role in its’ planning. In approx 400m, look to the left to see Maiden Castle in the distance, an Iron Age Fort, then turn right just after green balconied houses at Ladock Green, and follow road round to left (Wadebridge Street) and ahead 300m to turn into the Buttermarket, stay on right passing the Buttercross, cross Bridport Road into Lower Blakemere Road. Ahead through the play area into Poundbury Farm Way to reach the statue of the Queen Mother and car park in front.(Alternative start point-free parking-satnav code DT1 3BW).

Q6 What two dates are on statue plinth?

With The Duchess of Cornwall Inn on the left, ahead along Peverill Avenue East passing Dorset Cereals to turn left onto path at low wall after new development (Melrose Court), follow path turn right at junction to pass round Youth shelter, at white houses turn left along Chestnut Way and approx. 200m left again into Normandy Way. At T junction turn right onto Poundbury Road to reach railway bridge. Over to the left was the location of the first WW1 Prisoner of War Camp in the UK, housing firstly internees then military personnel on 14th August 1914, at its peak 4,500 were held here. Keep ahead on pavement passing the Army Reserve barracks to main road junction and turn left and left again to the Top O’ Town car park and the finish.

Route updated 1 January 2018

Dorchester Armistice & Historical Trail

BWF PT No 300  -11km