We have a rich treasure of unspoilt countryside, historic sites, wildlife, and quality local food.
The White Hart Link is a 50 mile / 80 km walking route which has been devised as a circular link taking in the five market towns of North Dorset and the villages between. Using existing public rights of way and quiet lanes, it passes through some of the iconic countryside of the Blackmore Vale.
The project will engage with local communities and businesses, and encourage initiatives to create and participate in projects involved with health, education, heritage, art and tourism. The White Hart Link will establish a uniting and sustainable project for the enhancement and enjoyment of the Blackmore Vale in North Dorset.
Creating this long distance circular trail has been possible with the practical support of the Dorset Council Countryside Rangers, and financial support from Dorset Council, initially by way of a grant from the Dorset Council Innovation Fund. Having established and waymarked the route, which was completed in September 2019, the next few years will see improvements to route furniture, improved signage, and links to other routes, local facilities, and where possible, links to public transport.
Using existing routes, we intend to deliver on our four outcomes;
To communicate a sense of pride in ownership by involving community groups and volunteers in the parishes along the route.
To encourage physical activity of any degree, in participating in activities.
To encourage engagement with local commercial enterprises involved in providing food and accommodation.
To protect and preserve a rural heritage asset, by encouraging the greater use of footpaths in the countryside.
Who Are We?
The White Hart Link project is a volunteer led initiative, supported by Dorset Council, and working closely with charities and community groups, clubs and societies.
We are grateful to Dorset Council, the Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust, Henstridge Parish Council, Tesco and Waitrose for their support.
How Does it Work?
A new tourism asset for the region
The active group is made up largely of volunteers and aims to be as independent as is practical, working on behalf of the community, but recognising the need for statutory support and hence compliance with their regulations.
As such, we adhere to best practice in all we undertake.