We recently went back to Eggardon Hill and promised ourselves then to explore the area properly this year.
Yesterday, as the temperature peaked and the crowds invaded the coast, we fled to inland, wild Dorset to try and avoid human interaction as much as possible. We did succeed, of course, as this is the beauty of actually living in Dorset: in the summer, as soon as you move away from the towns and the coast, you barely see anyone. And from September until April/May, you basically have the whole county to yourself, so you can choose...
This time, we drove past Eggardon Hill and continued on our way to Powerstock Common, a beautiful and peaceful area bathed in the glow of an ancient, ancestral landscape... It is indeed peaceful but bursting with life: the flora and fauna are incredibly rich - there are birds everywhere, and I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a hare and a white deer... We also came across cattle grazing among the trees and encountered the Exmoor ponies that were recently introduced to the Nature reserve to do the very important job of "conservation grazing".
There is a lot to see there and the surrounding area and we will be back there regularly over the next few months to explore further and make the most of the bountiful nature of the reserve...
Above, some remnants of railway posts - the disused railway line that ran between Maiden Newton and Bridport until 1975 passes through the reserve...
You will find a lot of information about the natural world of the common ON THIS LEAFLET.
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