We know everyone’s familiar with the extraordinary life and career of Lawrence of Arabia, but did you know that he settled in Dorset after leaving military service? In fact, the unassuming areas of Bovington and Moreton are home to sites that give a unique glimpse into the man behind the image, and he was buried in a Moreton cemetery after the motorcycle accident that ended his life nearby.
The Lawrence of Arabia trail is a must during a hiking holiday in Dorset, as not only does it retrace the footsteps of one of Britain’s most intriguing characters but it’s also an opportunity to take in some of the county’s lesser-known beauty spots. The trail is just under 7 miles long, and it starts at Bovington Tank Museum, following winding lanes and quiet woodland for the most part.
The trail can be walked in sections, and the second section is a quarter of a mile of smooth, wide lanes for those who use wheelchairs of will have pushchairs with them. This section of the train links Moreton and the ford that crosses the River Frome. There are no stiles along the way, and we’d recommend wearing sturdy walking shoes no matter which season you follow the trail in – and willies are needed if there’s been recent rain.
If you’re going to walk the whole trail you’ll find a pub in Bovington and tea rooms in Moreton, both of which often provide welcome refreshment to those retracing the steps of T.E Lawrence.