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Knowlton church may be the only church within a pre-Christian earthworks circle in the UK. Not only is it spectacular – in a small-scale way – it is also accessible and usually quiet enough to enjoy either walking the circle or exploring the site around the derelict flint church which served the now-abandoned village of Knowlton. There are two large yew trees adorned with ribbons, which obviously have a spiritual significance, overlooking a field of sheep and a copse hiding another earth circle. Views are pleasant all round, and nearby Wimborne and Wimborne St Giles offer more options for a day out. My personal fave Dorset place to be.