This dramatic flight of grass stairs is certainly eye-catching.

And it's right here in Dorset.

The spectacular green stairs lead up to Saxon chapel St Catherine's at Milton Abbey, Milton Abbas.

The grass staircase is thought to be one of only two in this country.

Although you can't go up the steps, the best view of them is from the Abbey grounds looking up towards the chapel, which dates back to 1190.

This is the view from the top of the steps.

Dorset Echo:

Here's a lovely old black and white picture of the staircase in the 1950s.

Dorset Echo:

Anyone who has driven from Milton Abbas to Hilton will have passed under the bridge near Milton Abbey School, that carries the grass staircase over the road.

The village of Milton Abbas is famous for its identical thatched cottages and is believed to be the first planned town or village in Britain.

It was built in the 18th century by Joseph Damer, Lord Milton. The old town of Milton used to stretch from the Abbey walls to the north end of the present lake and had around 100 houses.

Damer didn't like the noise and smell of the town so close to his mansion (now Milton Abbey School) so he demolished the old town, moving the inhabitants to a new village out of sight in the next valley (Milton Abbas). Capability Brown designed the remaining landscape including the lake.