The Ant Hill Trail
A wildlife-rich circular walk in West Dorset.
The Ant Hill Trail is a challenging 6 km way-marked route through the scenic landscape around West Milton.
Enjoy a landscape rich in wildlife and history
In spring and summer, wildflowers are abundant along the trail.
Farming is still the dominant influence in the landscape today - grazing livestock and cutting for hay are essential to maintain the grassland along the trail and the array of species it supports.
And don't forget to look out for the Ant Hills after which gave the trail is named. These are the nests of the yellow meadow ant, and develop over many years - making them an indicator of undisturbed grassland.
The entire walk takes 3-4 hours; and there is a sign-posted short-cut halfway around.
The Ant Hill trail has been developed by Dorset Wildlife Trust, The Grasslands Trust and The Kingcombe Centre, with the support of the local landowners whose land you will cross.
If you have any questions or comments about the walk, or would like to help monitor the walk, please contact
South Poorton Reserve
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