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Hall & Woodhouse launches Woodhouse Walks for 3 iconic Dorset pubs

February 2022

Hall & Woodhouse is proud to unveil their brand-new Woodhouse Walks, offering carefully tailored circular pub walks for guests to delve into Dorset’s rich history from three of its iconic pubs.

These unique routes have been launched in partnership with Tess of the Vale, a website providing easy-to-follow mapped routes to explore the best of Dorset’s exquisite landscape. Tess of the Vale’s expertly developed maps are bespoke for each Woodhouse Walk, taking explorers to locations of historical treasures, some of which has never been recorded before.

Catherine Speakman, founder of Tess of the Vale, said: “So many areas of Dorset are rich with remnants of past generations that have either been forgotten and overtaken with nature. From ruins to earthworks, castles to country houses, every corner, every tree and bump in the ground has a story. Each tale of smugglers’ jaunts and hidden treasure further enrich the excursion and guarantee to add to the memory of every adventure.”

The three initial circular walks begin at the Duchess of Cornwall in Poundbury, the Lulworth Cove Inn in West Lulworth, and The Smuggler’s Inn in Osmington. With a master’s degree in Landscape Archaeology and a career in cartography, Catherine’s walks ensure a thoroughly researched route that guests can be confident in following.

Each route appeals to a number of different interests to provide something for everyone, from insight into historical facts, to myths and legends. The Woodhouse Walks allow guests to discover hidden relics such as pirate bottles, crumbling manor houses and a fossil forest, providing an educational and unique insight into each area. Specifically designed to be suitable all year round and with each pub at the helm of every walk, guests can enjoy a reward of a drink and a traditional pub meal after their excursion.

Catherine added: “Partnering with Hall & Woodhouse has been the perfect fit built on a foundation of mutual love for Dorset. The pubs are both a starting point and welcome return for ramblers, while the walks provide another reason to visit a specific location, no matter how rural.”

Lucinda Gray, Company Relationships Manager at Hall & Woodhouse, said: “It is really exciting to be able to launch our Woodhouse Walks in partnership with Tess of the Vale, as who doesn’t want to enjoy a walk which starts and finishes with a fantastic pub! Hall & Woodhouse is a company deeply rooted in Dorset and Catherine’s walks complement this beautifully while offering walks that visitors might not otherwise know to explore.

“We hope these walks will benefit our team as much as they will the community. Staying active is crucial to our mental health and wellbeing, and January is the perfect time to remind people of the benefits of enjoying the great outdoors. Additionally, we hope everyone will learn something about the history in their local area, which they may not have known before.”

A downloadable mobile and tablet-friendly PDF of the Woodhouse Walks are available to view on the Hall & Woodhouse and each pub’s website. Printed leaflets can also be picked up from each pub.

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