Sandford Orcas to Poyntington

Walk along the county boundary that divides Somerset and Dorset. Start in the hidden village of Sandford Orcas, tucked into the narrow valley. Pass an ancient Manor House which claims to be home to many restless spirits, mostly manufactured by the owner. Meet the source of the River Yeo, a modest overgrown and hidden spot in comparison to its neighbour, the River Stour’s, Greek inspired Palladian lakes. Wander through the ancient landscape, the valleys carved into the dry limestone and gooey sandstone to Poyntington and an isolated nature reserve, hidden from the rest of the world.

Distance: 5.5miles/8km

Duration: 3 hours

Ability: Medium

Terrain: Path, track, road and field.

Total Climb: 350ft.

Max Height: 550ft.

Min Height: 200ft.

Map: OS Explorer 129 Yeovil and Sherborne

Start Point: Holway Wood (Postcode: DT9 4RZ, Grid reference: ST633203, What Three Words: detained.glitter.menswear.)

How to Get There:  From the centre of Sherborne, take the B3145 north. After only 3 miles, take the left hand fork and then turn left again. Enter into the wood and the layby is just down the hill on your left.

Dogs: In accordance with the Countryside Code and any notices on route.

Refreshments: The Mitre Inn, Sandford Orcas.

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4 thoughts on “Sandford Orcas to Poyntington

  1. Not too sure what you have got the idea that this is chalk? No chalk in North West Dorset, the whole area dominated by oolitic limestone.

  2. Where in earth did you get your facts from on Sandford Orcas Manor House? Man buried in secret passageway behind Great Chamber! Absolute nonsense!

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