Explorations afoot

If you were to walk the eight Sturminster Newton Walkabouts, you would visit: a beautiful occupied manor house, a working medieval mill, a house lived in by Thomas Hardy, a Grade 1 listed church and town bridge, a medieval manor house with the most spectacular timber roof in Dorset, a managed nature reserve, an iron age hill fort, woodlands under the control of Dorset Wildlife Trust, and riverside meadows as well as a community millennium garden. These attractions are all in our parish (or just over the border in Hinton) and can be easily visited on foot on one of the eight walks.

Members of the Sturminster footpath group and Dorset Rangers keep the paths in good order, even when they do cross into neighbouring parishes. The walks range from 1.5 to 5.5 miles in length. Pick up leaflets to guide you along the routes at the Town Hall, the Museum, Mill or Community Shop and www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/sport-leisure/walking/walkabouts