Lady Wimborne Bridge

Follow the River Stour to discover a forgotten bridge, built by the Lord of the Manor’s mother to impress their arriving guests. With the railway now gone, trace the tracks to the river banks to return to Canford Manor. Encounter the modern day graffiti decorated road bridges and cross the Victorian suspension bridge, wobbling over the gushing water.

Distance:  2 miles/3.5km (2.5 miles/4km to include the view of the Manor).

Duration: 1 hour

Ability: Easy.

Max Height: 80ft.

Min Height: 45ft.

Total climb: 50ft.

Terrain: Track, path and old railway. Depending on your tolerance of bumpy ground, both paths are possible to use for wheelchairs but the railway is accessed only by steps.

Map: OS Explorer 118 Shaftesbury and Cranborne Chase.

Start Point (Postcode: BH21 3AD, Grid Reference: SZ031987, What Three Words: revealing.colleague.legs).

How to Get There: From the Bear Cross roundabout on the Ringwood road, north of Bournemouth, follow the A341 North West out of the town. After about 2 miles, turn right onto the Canford Magna Road. Follow it slowly through the village and past the school buildings, adhering to the traffic controls. When the road bends to the left, take the right hand road down the hill. Parking is on the left hand side, opposite the church.

Refreshments: None on route but there a number of options are nearby in Wimborne.

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