North Easterly view from Dorchester. Most of the land in the middle to far distance (excluding Puddletown woods on skyline) classified as ‘developable’.
Separating Dorchester from Cokers Frome are the water meadows and flood plain of the River Frome. This area floods regularly.
From Poundbury hillfort, a scheduled monument of national significance, the link road will be clearly visible as it cuts across the water meadows between Westleaze and Lower Burton Farm, joining the A37 with a major junction below the hillfort.
One of three signs put up on public foot paths at Cokers Frome Farm during the corona virus lockdown, March 2020.
Joint walk with the Thomas Hardy Society.
The site is popular with walkers and ramblers’ groups.
The shallow water at Blue Bridge is a natural play area.
Cars streaming in to the Dorchester Show.
STAND, Dorchester Show, 2019.
The best agricultural land is leased by Kingston Maurward College from the Ilchester Estates to teach agriculture.
Nearly 1,000acres of productive farmland will be destroyed.
Wheat field. Site of the link road and a ‘Local Centre’, ie retail and leisure.
Barley field. 472 acres of arable land will be destroyed.
Dorset Poll sheep, used for wool and meat.
213 acres of improved and unimproved pasture are used to graze cattle and sheep.
Maize – an important crop for livestock feed and oil.
River Frome, the most westerly example of a major chalk stream in UK. Photographed near Blue Bridge, a local hotspot for wildlife and unofficial nature reserve already much valued by townspeople.
Summer floods. View North towards Cokers Frome from near Grey’s Bridge. Proposed location for footpath / cycle link.
Summer flood water threatening to overwhelm Grey’s Bridge, July 2012.
View North from London Road towards Cokers Frome. The water meadows regularly flood in winter.
Kingfishers occasionally nest in the banks of the River Frome.
Roe deer breed in the grounds of Frome House and surrounding farmland.
Small tortoiseshell butterfly, a species of conservation concern.
Song thrush eating sloe, fruit of the blackthorn, a common hedgerow shrub.
The hedgerows and local farmland provide habitats for flocks of yellow hammers, a Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.
South of Frome Whitfield Lane
Blue Bridge, the old drove road heading north out of Dorchester, now a popular recreational area.
Blue Bridge was built in 1877 by Major General Shurlock Henning who lived at Frome House, Frome Whitfield.
1908 postcard. “Do you know this little walk? It is lovely.” Quote from 1912 postcard.
1914 postcard showing continuation of Frome Path, now part of the Cerne Valley Trail.
The drovers’ path and the water meadows link Dorchester with its hinterland, the rolling downland of north Dorchester.
Frome Path as it skirts the grounds of Frome House.
Frome Path remains a very popular recreational walk.
Several Dorset Council walkers’ trails converge around Blue Bridge / Frome Path.
Ratty’s Trail links Blue Bridge and Grey’s Bridge and is named after the water voles slowly returning to the Frome.