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Durotriges

Shire Rack Westwards - Rushmore

Dorset/Wiltshire border

Field Visit

Wednesday 07 August, - 10.00 for 10.30am
Location: Rushmore Golf Club, Rushmore Park, Tollard Royal, Salisbury, SP5 5QB
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ST957187; (395780, 118790)

Pass through Sixpenny Handley village on the B3081 heading towards Tollard Royal. The golf club entrance is signed and about a mile further on the right hand side.
The drive takes you through the Rushmore Park. When the road divides, take the right hand fork (signed Golf Club). You will cross a cattle grid into the golf course, the clubhouse is ahead,with the car park behind it.

Andrew has been in touch with the Rushmore Golf Club where we have permission to park our cars – and which will give us access to the western end of the Shire Rack – to Beornham’s Way and the Bica’s Seat of the Chalke charter – and running on south along Tinkley Bottom – Tilluch’s Lea. And we will be very welcome to assemble at the Golf Club for our ‘post walk sit down’ – and to catch up with things.

Later this year the AONB will be making a start at assembling a programme further to the ‘management’ of their HLFund.

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.

Footpaths can be un-surfaced and, in places, steep or muddy. 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.

DCBS display at the Chalke Valley History Festival
Dorset Boundaries
DCBS display at the Cranborne Chase AONB marquee at the Chalke Valley History Festival
Andrew Morgan
Notes on the Chalke Valley History Festival

In this almost Mediterranean weather have pleasure in forwarding our meeting-up details for our forthcoming field meeting on Wednesday 7 August. Attached here is a photograph kindly forwarded by Andrew Morgan of the display we were invited by Linda Nunn to set up in the Cranborne Chase AONB marquee at the Chalke Valley History Festival at the end of June.

The focus of attention was that historic length of the county boundary which traverses the designated area of the AONB – the pictures mounted are those taken west of Woodyates along the Shire Rack and those south of Woodyates along the ridge as far as Biddlesgate. And which attracted considerable interest – and all 50 leaflets were ‘adopted.’ (You may also note my thermometer propped against the left-hand panel – the temperature on the Saturday just touched 96F – 35C)

This, taken against the recent successful HLF bid by the AONB, is one to suggest that our forthcoming 7 August field meeting originally scheduled in our 2019 programme as an exploration of the Ringwood/Damerham length be postponed in favour of ‘completing’ our exploration of the Shire Rack along our northern border with Wiltshire which ‘runs’ with the Handley/Chalke charters of AD 955/6.
Hence ‘DCBGp 7 August ‘Shire Rack westwards’ – & Rushmore’

c 1886 mapping. Nominal 1:5,000
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Tollard Green

Ashmore, Tarrant Gunville, Farnham Tollard Royal; Wiltshire PDF
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157 Rookery Farm Farnham Tollard Royal; Wiltshire PDF
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158 Larmer Tree Farnham Tollard Royal; Wiltshire PDF
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159 Minchington Down Farnham, Handley Tollard Royal, Berwick St John; Wiltshire PDF
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160 Little Cartway Coppice Handley Berwick St John; Wiltshire PDF
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161 Little Ball Handley Berwick St John; Wiltshire PDF
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162 Little Shaftesbury Coppice Handley Berwick St John, Ebbesborne Wake; Wiltshire PDF
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163 Eden Coppice Handley Berwick St John, Ebbesborne Wake; Wiltshire PDF
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