Walks & cycle routes

Three great walks start at Drusilla’s, and two others start in Verwood and West Moors and finish at Drusilla’s – so make a great walking or cycling day out, through Thomas Hardy’s Wessex countryside, with lunch in the middle.  It is also possible to walk to Drusilla’s from two local campsites (scroll down for details).  The directions for all our walks and cycle rides are free and can be viewed/ downloaded/ printed below.

 Visitors are welcome to park in our large car park whilst enjoying the walks or cycle rides but please come into the pub for a drink and (perhaps something to eat) either before or after your walk. Drusilla’s is open all day serving hot and cold drinks, bar snacks, and lunch and evening menus.  Well behaved dogs are welcome in the bar area.

All walkers and cyclists follow these directions at their own risk. Drusilla’s accepts no responsibility for any mishaps of any kind! All roads and pathways used feature on OS Map 195 (but you won’t need the map – just our instructions).  Sturdy footwear is strongly recommended. 

Free children’s walking activity sheet to keep your youngsters trotting along!  Ask at the bar for a copy.

Walk from Drusilla’s to the Horton Folly Tower

A circular walk to the Horton Folly Tower through fields and wood land.  This local landmark was built  in 1750 by architect and Lord of Horton Manor, Humphrey Sturt.

Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the English countryside, climbing over 11 stiles along the way.

The walk takes just over an hour at a moderate pace including many stops to admire the views!

Click here to view/ print/ download walking direction to Horton Folly Tower

Walk from Verwood or West Moors to Drusilla’s (and back)

Two beautiful walks through the peaceful Wessex countryside lasting 1 ½ hours (from Verwood) or 2 hours (from West Moors) at a gentle pace with pauses to admire the views and the wild life (shepherd’s hut guests can do these walks in reverse to either town).  Both walks are along foot paths, bridle ways and quiet country lanes – no busy roads are used at all. Walking is, of course, the perfect way to work up an appetite ready for a delicous and well earned lunch!  Click here to view/ print/ download walking directions from Verwood to Drusilla’s Inn and West Moors to Drusilla’s Inn

Walk from Drusilla’s to Church Henge: 

A ruined Norman church, built within a neolithic henge monument.

This interesting and historic site which symbolizes the transition from pagan to Christian worship is at Knowlton.

The henge enclosing Knowlton Church (Church Henge) is the best preserved of one of only three henges and associated earthworks. Nearby is Great Barrow, the largest round barrow in Dorset.

The walk, which uses pathways, tracks, lanes and 800m of fairly  busy road with a grass verge, takes approx 1 ½ hours each way at a moderate pace!

Click here soon to view/ print/ download walking directions to Church Henge

Walk from Drusilla’s to Haythorne Bluebell Wood

The bluebells are now in bloom (written on 18th April 2014)!

Enjoy a gentle stroll from Drusilla’s Inn through the bluebell wood at Haythorne.

Bluebells normally  bloom in Springtime between April and late May just as the leaf canopy is forming.

A carpet of bluebells is a truly beautiful sight. The walk takes a total of about 30 – 40 mins.

Click here to view/ print/ download walking direction to Bluebell wood

Walk from two of our local campsites to Drusilla’s

Meadow View is our closest camp site and it is possible to walk carefully along the road from there to Drusilla’s.  If you are thinking of visiting us in the evening we strongly suggest that you bring a torch as our rural roads don’t have any street lighting!

It is also possible to walk from two other campsites along country lanes and Dorset footpaths – click below to view/ download/ print the instructions or phone/ ask at Drusilla’s for details.
Walk directions from Riversidelakes campsite to Drusilla’s Inn
Walk directions from Verwood New Forest Camping & Caravaning Club Site to Drusilla’s Inn

Cycle route 1

Cycle Route 1 takes approx 1 – 2 hours to complete and takes riders past the “Royal” Remedy Oak tree and the beauitful and historic ruined church at Knowlton set in a neolithic henge then returns to Drusilla’s.

Circular cycle route 1 – Drusilla’s – Remedy Oak – Knowlton Church – Drusilla’s

Cycle route 2

Cycle Route 2 takes approx 2 – 3 hours to complete and takes riders across heathland to West Moors, along the Castleman trailway, through Verwood and finally past the “Royal” Remedy Oak tree before returning to Drusilla’s

Circular cycle route 2 – Drusilla’s – West Moors – Ringwood – Verwood – Remedy Oak – Drusilla’s