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The south-west edge of the Blackmoor Vale is marked by a steep chalk escarpment, rising some 150m above the relatively flat vale below. Following the top edge of the escarpment is the Wessex Ridgeway, a long-distance bridleway that crosses the county. Several points along this route afford excellent views across the vale to the west, north and east. The scenes shown here were taken during a brief respite in a prolonged spell of rain and gales, early November.

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Located at the base of the escarpment are a number of small villages, following the spring line. The village of Ibberton – featuring in the pictures above – is typical of the area, a mix of housing from the 1600's through to recent additions. Perched on the hillside a short way above the village is the small church of St Eustace, dating from the 15th century.


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In the top row of pictures:

  • Looking north-westwards from Woolland Hill (ST 783 060) (picture)
  • Looking north-eastwards along the Wessex Ridgeway (picture)
  • Descending off the escarpment towards Okeford Fitzpaine (picture)
  • Grey November clouds race across the farmland (picture)
  • Thatched cottage (picture)

In the bottom row of pictures:

  • Church of St Eustace, Ibberton (picture)
  • Fragment of Elizabethan stained glass, Church of St Eustace (picture)
  • Ibberton village (picture)
  • Ascending Ibberton Hill, looking northwards over the Blackmore Vale (picture)
  • The Blackmore Vale (picture)

Nearby locations that also feature in galleries on this site:


directionWinterborne Stickland, Blandford Forum

directionPlush and Dorsetshire Gap

More views of Dorset in November

Other sites on the web

The Dorset Page:   Ibberton – local information and links to further resources on the web

Maps of the area on streetmap.co.uk:   1:50,000 – detail, 1:250,000 – locality and route to get there

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The pictures of Ibberton in this gallery were captured at medium resolution.
This is images of dorset stock photography gallery 066
All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

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