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|Sturminster Newton and Fiddleford|
|Author: Claire, Published: 14 May 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Dorset, North Dorset|
|A 3 mile circular walk from the small market town of Sturminster Newton in Dorset. The walk passes the town’s museum and church before crossing the glorious riverside meadows to reach the neighbouring Fiddleford. Here you will find the remains of an old mill and manor house, the latter of which you have chance to explore. The return leg follows the track of the old rail line, leading you directly back to the car park at the start. |
The route is almost entirely flat with just some gentle slopes. Whilst most of the paths are well made, the riverside meadows can be very muddy at times. You will need to negotiate kissing gates and footbridges plus single plank barrier-type stiles that you will need to step over at the ends of the bridges (which are very easy for dogs to pass under). The riverside meadows are used to graze cattle so take particular care with dogs (when we walked the cattle seemed very relaxed around the dog walkers). There are public toilets available in the car park at the start of the walk. Allow 1 to 1.5 hours.
Sturminster Newton is located in North Dorset, about 11 miles north west of Blandford Forum. The walk starts and finishes from the pay and display car park on Station Road and Barnes Close, which is signposted with a blue P. Approximate post code DT10 1BN.
|Start to St Mary's Church|
Start point: 50.9269 lat, -2.3036 long
Leave the car park in the top corner (passing the toilet block on your left). Cross over the road and walk along the pedestrian section of Station Road. At the T-junction with the main road, turn left. At the fork keep left, passing a triangular parking area on the right. Keep ahead to a narrow lane which swings to the left then take the first right turn into Church Street.
|St Mary's Church to Riverside Meadow|
Start point: 50.9248 lat, -2.3034 long
The town’s name translates as a new farm or estate (Newton) cited at a church (Minster) on the River Stour (Stur). The present church traces its origins back a mere 500 years, but the site has been a place of worship for more than a thousand years. There are eight stained glass windows, two of which are by Mary Lowndes, Britain's first female stained glass maker. One, The Nativity, is high up in the West Tower and commemorates her mother. The other, The Resurrection, is in the Warrior Chapel and commemorates her father, Canon Richard Lowndes who was vicar here for 36 years.
|Riverside Meadow to Fiddleford Mill|
Start point: 50.9246 lat, -2.2993 long
Pass through the kissing gate to enter the first meadow (NOTE: any of these meadows may be holding cattle). Follow the obvious grass track, at about 1 o’clock, across the meadow with the River Stour running across to the right. At the far side, pass through a second kissing gate to enter the second meadow. Turn left, following the line of the hedge on the left.
|Fiddleford Mill to Old Railway|
Start point: 50.9217 lat, -2.2847 long
From here, it is worth walking just a little further to visit Fiddleford Manor (managed by English Heritage and offering free admission). Follow the path between the old mill buildings and on to a T-junction with a quiet lane. Turn right and, shortly, right again to enter the car park for Fiddleford Manor. Walk through the car park and through the metal gate to join the grass track. You will find the gates for the manor house on the right at the end of the grass track.
|Old Railway to End|
Start point: 50.9239 lat, -2.2853 long
Turn left to join the old railway path. NOTE: this is a bridleway so watch out for cyclists and horse riders.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Sharon: Another lovely day...another lovely walk..(Sturminster and Fiddleford)....thank you Claire and Richard and other walk authors for putting these walks together...no doubt a lot of work goes into putting them together...
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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 14 May 2015
St Mary's church near the beginning of the walk.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 14 May 2015
This picture was taken from the mill in May 2015. The cows did not seem very interested in us when we walked along the river bank.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 14 May 2015
We enjoyed looking around the manor - it doesn't take long.
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