Black Hill and Turnerspuddle
Black Hill is a ridge to the west of Bere Regis with a fairly steep climb to get to the top. It is predominantly gorse and heather sandwiched between agricultural land, mostly rough pasture.
You can approach Black Hill via a footpath from the centre of Bere Regis and from a footpath to the south of Bere Regis at the junction of the road to Briantspuddle although parking is difficult here. My preferred access is from Turnerspuddle where there is limited parking by the church but this is not a busy spot so I have never had a problem during the week. From Turnerspuddle there are various routes up to Black Hill that provide alternative habitat types and make for a more interesting walk.
The main path on the ridge itself is well made but in winter suffers from puddling and becomes very muddy thanks to four wheel drive vehicles, mountain bikes and horse riding! That said, it is not a busy place at all, popular with locals for walking.
See my species list and the location map here: