8 Walks over Hambledon Hill & Hod Hill in Dorset

Hod and Hambledon Hills are ancient iron age forts, two of the best in the country located a stones throw away from each other in the rural Dorset countryside. Surrounded by beautiful villages, excellent local pubs and views from the top across the Blackmore Vale these two forts make for an excellent excuse to get out walking.

We’ve curated 8 walks for you to take your pick at depending on the length of the walk and whether or not you want to walk over both Hod and Hambledon or just either one of them.

Shillingston to Stourpaine 10km Walk or Run

This route is simple, no map reading needed, just park up and head out along the trailway. Whether you choose to walk or run it it will be a nice little route to keep handy for training in North Dorset. The route is near enough 10km making it an excellent training route for any 10km plus runs you’ve got planned.

Distance:

10km

Difficulty

Easy – Flat walking on trailway path

Start/Finish:

Trailway Carpark nr Shillingstone Grid Ref: ST 82250 11956

Map

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Optional Stop:

The White Horse & Shillingstone Railway Station

Time:

about 2 Hours (without a stop)

What Size Fitness Ball Do I Need?

Fitness balls are very popular, from specific stability ball classes to casual gym use and personal training sessions, they provide an excellent platform to work out our core muscles. To get the most out of fitness ball exercises,  you should make sure you have the correct size. The correct sized fitness ball is vital for good technique and posture during your workout. T his guide will show how to select the correct size fitness ball.

Ok, so you are in the gym looking at the fitness ball rack and there are small, medium and large sized fitness balls. So which do you need, in this article you will find out how to select the correct sized fitness ball for you.

How do you set up a TRX into single handed mode?

Single handed mode is used for advanced TRX exercises and for rotational movements, it’s important to set it up correctly as incorrect set up can lead to accident and injury, once you learn this simple method you’ll be able to get your TRX into single handed mode in seconds.

  1. Grab both handles and hold them one on to top of the other
  2. Take the handle on the bottom and pass though the top handles webbing (upper part of handle)
  3. Now the handle that was on bottom is on top.
  4. Repeat this process so that the bottom handle again goes through the top.
  5. Pull the top handle to tighten up, if this has been correctly it will be safe to work in single handed mode.

What is the TRX Suspension Trainer?

For many, the TRX Suspension Trainer might be new to you and this might be the first time you have herd of it, well lets introduce this invaluable piece of kit, it was born in the US military driven through the need for marines to be able to continue to train while in war zones or held up in safe houses.

The piece of kit that the founder of this product ‘Randy Hetrick’ and his team had produced enabled them to train anywhere, therefore enabling to stay in shape and fit for their roles as US Navy Seals. The product has been much refined since it’s early days when it was just some lengths of parachute webbing stitched together. Today TRX Suspension Trainer’s are at the forefront of fitness innovation providing a cost effective tool that can be used in so many locations and using only body weight for an all over body workout. It;s no wonder it has been so popular with personal trainers across the globe.