lbberton literally clings to the early slopes of Bulbarrow, with its church, beyond delightful thatched homes, reached by a climb of 50 steps. Turn around and there is a breathtaking view of Blackmore Vale.

When Eadbeorht the Saxon and his people set up their homes on this hillside, there was - higher up the slopes - a much earlier road trodden by the early Britons and now, 800 feet above sea level, it is a six-acre picnic place. It was the first of its kind in Dorset and one of six in Britain approved by the Countryside Commission.

lbberton is an unusual enough name but, in the Domesday Book, it was recorded as Abristentona, later as Ebrictinton and Edbrichton.

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