• The Dorset County Boundary Survey website
Durotriges

Shire Rack

Dorset/Wiltshire border

Field Visit

Wednesday 6 June, - 10.00 for 10.30am
Location: Garston/Pribdean Wood car park, SU004195.  

Turn north off the A354 Blandford-Salisbury road at the roundabout with the B3081.  Drive down into Sixpenny Handley, turn first right on the edge of the village and then right again up into Garston Down and along to the (rather small) car park sited on the LH side of the road.    

Here we will be joined by (as it were) AONB Group 1 and will walk along the public footpath to Shermel Gate – little more than a mile to the west.  Here Group 1 will be collected by the mini-bus and where we will be joined by Group 2 for a walk back along the Rack to the Pribdean car park, setting off at 1.30.

Thus suggest we bring both a packed lunch for a sit-down along the westward walk to Shermel Gate and something for a sit-down tea break on our walk eastward back to the car park.  This promises to be a most interesting day sharing, shiring, our findings with people from both sides of the border; a shire ‘reach’ racu [out] to both Dorset and Wiltshire which has been in place for more than a thousand years.

The Shire Rack was the setting for one of our very first DCB field meetings – our ‘findings’ here to prompt the selection of this as one of the two lengths walked with Oliver Rackham in 2010. Do join us!

Please note

The activities of our Research Group are organised informally, and by joining in any of our outdoor events you do so entirely at your own risk, and we accept no liability for those who participate. If you wish to join us you are reminded that you must rely on your own ability and experience to gauge the difficulty and severity of the activity and the route or terrain involved, and you will be responsible for your own safety at all times. Any decision to continue or discontinue any walk or activity at any point is entirely your own choice, and you are reminded that you should have appropriate clothing, rainwear and footwear, and carry sun protection, food and drink adequate for the weather and the duration of the walk or excursion.

Shire Rack along the Dorset/Wiltshire border
Dorset Boundaries
Shire Rack along the Dorset/Wiltshire border
Cranborne Chase Landscape Partnership

Potential here for involvement - for contributing – to the AONB HLF-funded Cranborne Chase Landscape Partnership which starts in 2019 and runs for five years.  And which is seeking ideas etc “from  representatives of organisations and individuals with Archaeological interests across the area,” not only  ‘dead’ archaeology but that presented to this day by our  veteran trees, those living, direct descendants of an earlier, lost world.   We cannot know (yet) what a Lidar survey of the Shire Rack – notably  Mistleberry Camp – might (or might not) present.    And suggest there is potential here for ‘way marking’  of what we are given to understand are the reference points along those two charter recitals  – which would be a first-time ever project.  And along a length of the county boundary which (happily) is followed today by an OS ‘Recreational Walk.’ 

Notices

Oxford University have published an Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland in a geospatial online document - https://hillforts.arch.ox.ac.uk/.

Including Mistleberry as http://hillforts.arch.ox.ac.uk/records/EN3599.html.


Mistleberry, Word extraction of data

c 1886 mapping. Nominal 1:10,000
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1 Map index for below   Handley Bower Chalke, Wiltshire PDF
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c 1886 mapping. Nominal 1:2,500
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Shermel Gate

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3993-1193 Mistleberry Camp Handley Bower Chalke, Wiltshire PDF
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3997-1193 Sessions Gate Handley Bower Chalke, Wiltshire PDF
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4001-1193 Pribdean Wood Handley Bower Chalke, Wiltshire PDF
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