Village Walks

These lovely walks around Child Okeford are published in the book  “Up Hill & Down River”  Ten Walks from Child Okeford produced by Alan Blundell, Rosemary Blundell, Derek Abbott and Grahame Downer.

Please feel free to print off the maps and walk details.


Are available at the Baker Arms near the War Memorial, tel 01258 820260, at the Saxon Inn, in the North of the village, tel 01258 860310 and at the small tearoom in the Cross Stores.


Can be bought at the Cross Stores & Post Office near the War Memorial.

Car Parking

There is no public car park, but there is a small lay-by close to the start of the Pine Walk (Walk 3) and another on the Blandford road past Markstone cottages (Walk 4, alternative route). Otherwise please park sensibly in whatever space you can find.
All the walks, as described, start in the centre of the village from the Cross (War Memorial), near which a large village map is on display. Starting points can be chosen, however, at the walkers’ discretion. The area of the walks is covered by OS Landranger map 194 and Explorer maps 118 (chiefly) and 129.

Right of Way

The Highway Authorities erect signposts at every point where a right of way leaves a road. The signs indicate whether it is a footpath or a bridleway. A footpath may only be used for walking, and will have a yellow waymarker disc on stiles, gates or posts. A bridleway may be used for horse riding or walking. Pedal cycling is permitted on bridleways as long as cyclists give way to riders and walkers. Bridleways have blue waymarker discs. Some paths in this booklet are permissive paths, where the landowner is willing for them to be used by walkers. Please report any problems with the paths to the Parish Council.

Country Code

Please don’t forget to keep to the paths.
Keep dogs under close control (keep them on a lead near cows and sheep).
Shut gates, and leave livestock, crops and machinery alone.
Enjoy the countryside, and respect its life and work.

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