Light-footed on the Chase

A NEW walking festival on Cranborne Chase, from 18th to 24th September will be “light-footed” with a series of free, safe, socially distanced walks.

The first ChalkEscape Walking Festival will take in some of the spectacular landscapes that make up the Chase & Chalke area, with local historians, artists, actors and experts leading the walks. 

There is a variety of walks and other activities – shorter walks to more strenuous routes, covering a variety of topics from archaeology to trees and forestry. 

There will be opportunities to develop your sketching skills and a tour of Larmer Tree Gardens, with a site-specific performance that sees General Pitt Rivers return to the pleasure gardens he created. Excitingly, we also have an online seminar that will teach you how to create your very own Sound Walks.

All the events are free, but booking is essential for all events and participants will be asked to provide telephone and email details for purposes of contact tracing.

Chase & Chalke Landscape Partnership is a National Lottery Heritage Fund project to protect, enhance and celebrate the extraordinary heritage of this special area. For more information on Chalk & Chase and ChalkEscape Walking Festival, visit