There are numerous fascinating places in Dorset, and the area around Mapperton is one of them.
This is Dead Man's Lane, which was used to transport the dead from Mapperton to the bigger village of Netherbury for burial.
When the plague struck Mapperton - noone is sure whether it was during the 14th century plague or the one that struck in the 16th century - the villagers of Netherbury blocked the way so the plague victims didn't get buried in their village - for fear of infection. Therefore the deceased were buried in a pit dug on South Warren Hill between the two villages. You can still see the cobbles from all those centuries ago. It's a very atmospheric path!
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