‘Exploring the countryside and lanes of Dorset’

Hi, my name is Terry, The Dorset Rambler! The name is more about the fact that I ramble on about a variety of subjects in my blog rather than that I am a rambler in the accepted sense (i.e. ‘one who wanders aimlessly from place to place’) – I do do that sometimes but I am actually a long distance walker who usually knows where he is going……..well, sometimes anyway 🙂 !

I was born in Dorset over 70 years ago, and have lived here all my life…….so I guess if I was a stick of rock and you cut me in half, the word Dorset would go right through me!  I love all things Dorset, especially the quirky……and there is quite a lot of that!  Oh, and I sound very Dorset too!  I love the outdoors, wildlife and the countryside, in all weathers and seasons, as there is so much beauty and character to enjoy.  I also enjoy photography and have followed this pursuit as both amateur and semi-professional for many many years, enjoying some success in a number of competitions such as LPOTY.  Finally I am an avid walker and cyclist and I get out on the hills, the country lanes or the coast as often as I can.  This blog will hopefully bring all these passions together to provide items of interest on Dorset, walking/walks, cycling, the outdoors, wildlife, photography and much more.  There is a full list of the categories included in this blog on the ‘Explore the site‘ page, so do click on those that interest you to explore more. I hope you will find my blog enjoyable and interesting. Whether you do or don’t, please feel free to leave feedback as this helps to guide me as I consider future blog posts.

Oh, and you’ll notice that it’s not entirely Dorset based either because I love backpacking the long distance footpaths and wild camping. I have backpacked a variety of long distance trails including, The Wainwright Coast to Coast, The Pembrokeshire Coast Path (twice), The Dales High Way, The South Downs Way, The Cotswold Way, The Wessex Ridgeway, The Mendip Way, The Dorset Coast Path (numerous times) etc etc, and I hope to continue to do this as long as I am able. I have also walked a lot in Wales, the Lake District and occasionally in Scotland. You will even find posts on other countries too 🙂 !

In addition to the above, I also have a creative streak, producing very non-masterpieces of art and poetry, and even whittling 🙂 ! For those who enjoy posts on creative, Christian/spiritual, reflective and lifestyle matters, there are some included here but I have also set up a new blog which I have called Time to Reflect. The strap line for this is ‘towards a better self and a better world’ which I think sums up the blog’s intention. At least one person will benefit from that blog, and that is me, because, as a Christian and a pilgrim travelling along this path we call life, I am myself seeking to learn the lessons I blog about!

Oh, and just to clarify and to avoid confusion, I am not connected in any way with the Ramblers Association, I am just a lone walker and blogger who goes by the name The Dorset Rambler 🙂 !

I set up this blog some 10 years ago and there are now well over 400 posts. My purpose in all my writings is to educate, inform and inspire and I hope I succeed in that in some small way.

The Dorset Rambler

Time to Reflect


  1. This is a fabulous blog! We’re headed to the UK this summer to walk the Wainwright and are very excited. Literary walking trails in the UK and the US have been a bit of hobby for the both of us for quite some time.

  2. Hey, Rambler, thank you for signing on to “follow” Hangin’ Out With God. I hope you find it a blessing. I enjoy your site so much. I’ve visited you mostly from my “Sandra Conner … By the Book” site, but still the same person.
    May the Lord make His face to shine on you today!

  3. Hi I have found your site via Sandra Conner, I was interested because of Dorset. I have a lot in common with dorset myself. I live in Hampshire, from Brockenhurst, and love Dorset countryside etc and it;s history, I did think of calling my site ‘The Hampshire Hog,or Country Bumpkin, but settled for Gerry;s Space and Writing Hell. Speak again.. follow now..

  4. Hello, Terry. I am just writing to let you know that I have nominated you for the “Genuine Blogger” Award. It’s possible you have already received it, but I did not see it posted on your blog. So, assuming I am not mistaken, you will probably want to check out the details of accepting the award. You will find them on my site at this link: http://sandraconner.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/genuine-blogger-award/
    The rules for accepting are pretty simple.
    You are definitely one of the most sincere and “genuine” bloggers I’ve met here on WordPress, and I believe you deserve the award.
    Blessings. Sandra.

    1. Hmmm, just read the conditions Sandra – could take me a while as being new to this, I’m not sure I have 7 bloggers to nominate at the moment! Will keep looking :)!
      Be blessed

      1. Take your time. There’s no time limit at all, as far as I know. A lot of people have that difficulty. I was nominated for a different award recently that requires me to pass it on to 13 other bloggers that fit its description, but my problem is that so many of the other bloggers I know have received that award some time back. So I think I will go ahead and post the award and pass it on to the few I do know who ‘fit the bill,’ and then as I meet and get to know others, I will just go back into that post and add them to the list. It’s mostly a way of showing appreciation for the work other bloggers do and hopefully help draw attention to their site as well. I think taking time to get to know the people and their work is one of the best parts of the process, so I don’t think it’s something that has to be rushed through.

  5. Hi, Terry. I tried to send you an e-mail to let you know I am mailing you some cards Friday. But my e-mail seems to be a disaster today, so I don’t know if you will get it — or if it will be readable. It looked like “gibberish” (if you know what that is) when I tried to read what I had written. (something about the HTML code — only God really understands it).

    Anyway, I will try to do another e-mail later this evening. For now it will suffice to say that I decided to go ahead and make up a couple sets instead of just sending samples first. I liked them myself, so I decided to assume you would. I want to try some others too, but at least you can be using these while I experiment.

    These are 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 in size and blank inside, so they should be just right for notes. And all of them allowed me to place the text on the front without disturbing your copyright data. Hope you enjoy using them. You should be very proud of your photos. I showed some of the cards to other people, and they were very impressed with your pictures.

    1. Hi Sandra
      Thanks so much for this. I did get your email but as you said, it was just gibberish and I couldn’t understand any of it! Thanks for your kind comments, I am looking forward to seeing the cards :)! You are very kind!
      Be blessed

  6. Hi Terry
    Just had to leave a reply – I was looking for a few pictures of Melbury Abbas and came across some of your fab photo’s – did try to connect to your website but unfortunately couldn’t – comes up with an error.
    I am setting up a website for my B&B and looking for some great photos (mine aren’t great!) – if you have time could you let me have an idea on prices? Sorry to contact you this way!

  7. I have really appreciated reading your blog over the last few months. It provides a rare perspective in blog reading that I find refreshing and pure. I have linked your blog to mine because I would like others to experience what I have enjoyed. Thank you so much! Sometime when I’m back in Britain, I would like to experience some walks similar to what you describe.

  8. Hey, Terry. Just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award.” You can find information about it on my site. And please don’t get bogged down by the so-called “rules” of the award. Sometimes these awards can become a burden if we let them, and I don’t want that to happen. So, as I explain on the post about the nominations, I want people to comply with only the parts of the “rules” that they find comfortable. But your site is very inspiring, and I think you should have the award.

    1. Aww, thanks Sandra, you are very kind. Happy to accept 🙂 although I don’t have 15 blogs to award. I still haven’t published your earlier award yet, for the same reason. It has reminded me that it is over 2 weeks since I did a blog entry 😦

      1. Yes, I know. And now you have to do a really, really looooooong one. But don’t forget, because I make my nominations without requiring strict adherence to the “rules,” the people I nominate are free to post the award on their site even if they have not passed it on to a certain number of others. They already deserved the award, or I would not have passed it to them.

    1. Hi Sandra. Well it could well be a Dorset beach but to be honest its not one I recognise. There are beaches in the far west Dorset that I am less familiar with or it could be in Devon or Cornwall.

      1. Well, see, I’ve just looked at all those lovely pictures of those Dorset beaches that you share until all the pretty beaches with prominent cliffs leading out to them just automatically make me think of Dorset. What can I say? Looking forward from another post from there soon though.

  9. Hello Terry. Thank you very much for your blog. I am fascinated by holloways. Therefore I visit Dorset in September this year. Would you be so kind as to give me some indication to their locations?

    1. Hi Daniel.Head for Symmondsbury near Bridport. If you walk north from the church you will find Shutes Lane and Hell Lane heading across to North Chideock. Both these are good as is the nearby Venn Lane. Hope this helps. Best wishes, Terry

    1. Thanks Joanne, that’s interesting. They do come up occasionally and what a great opportunity to buy a real getaway place 🙂 Mind you, I prefer the Captain’s cottage at the end of the block but that sold for more than double what this one is on for!

      1. Terry, I would like to use one or more or your photos for a Church Knowle letterhead. They are superb and really show off the beauty of the place. Would this be OK? Thanks, Andrew

  10. Hello Terry,
    We were both encouraged meeting you yesterday on the Cotswold Way! We are still relatively new to walking, started in lockdown and the Cotswold Way is our first challenge! Our chance meeting yesterday left us feeling inspired and blessed! Thankyou for sharing. Best regards Andy and Annie

    1. Hi Andy and Annie. Thanks for your lovely comment. It was a delight to meet you both yesterday and I would love to have chatted longer. I always enjoy meeting people out on the trail. Walking is a wonderful pastime and I’m so pleased you have taken it up as you will get hours of pleasure from it and you will see views you would not normally come across, and of course it will help keep you fit and healthy. Keep in touch as I’d love to hear how you get on with the Cotswold Way during 2022. Stay safe and every blessing to you. Terry

  11. It’s a lovely blog, and I very much enjoy reading your posts – thank you. Perhaps, one day, I’ll bump into you when out and about!

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