Child Okeford is a great base for a walking holiday. The following pages list a number of walks around the village and were compiled by villagers. Please feel free to download the maps to help you find your way around. Not only are there a numerous walks within the village but also in the surrounding villages. Hod Hill, Okeford Hill, the Downs above Fontmell, the Trailway into Blandford or Sturminster the list could go on and on and when, at the end of the day, you return to the village tired and weary , there are two excellent pubs to help rejuvenate you.
Lets be honest parking is a pain wherever you are. Within the village you will be pleased to learn there are no double yellow lines anywhere [except outside of the school] but there is no formal parking area either, except down by the Trailway. In general as long as you don’t block the highway or a residents drive you can park anywhere. In practice this means parking “on road”. If you are near the Cross area please do not obstruct the path down from the church which is needed for disabled access [ the exit of which is marked with a white line ] or use the Church Car Park, just outside of the front gate, unless you are visiting the church or churchyard.
Hambledon Hill has no car park. On the road out of the village towards Hanford there is a lay-by which, if the cars are thoughtfully parked, can accomodate three vehicles. A short walk back towards the village will reveal a farm track on the right leading to the Hill. On the road out of the village towards Shaftesbury there is a similar “lay by” on the right ,just opposite the Oasis Plant centre. This is not in fact an official lay-by and is often flooded but it does lie at the base of the Pine Walk [now devoid of Pines by the way] which leads up to the Hill.
Otherwise the National Trust advises parking in the village and using one of the many foot paths to acess the hill which, given the fact that people are here to walk, should not prove to arduous.
Hod Hill has a small car park at its base on right hand side of the Hanford road leading out towards Blandford. There is also one in Stourpaine. The National Trust gives the reference for these as being Handford Lane OS ST853112 and Stourpaine OS ST860095.
One of the best websites for finding footpaths and other rights of way is the Dorset Explorer . Not only does this give you access to Ordnance Survey maps of the area it offers a wealth of other information.