The Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival

A celebration of cheese! Saturday 10th September - Sunday 11th September 2022 Set in Sturminster Newton in the heart of the Blackmore Vale, the Cheese Festival was introduced to reflect the market town and the surrounding landscape’s heritage, showcasing award winning local produce. The Blackmore Vale is split from the south by the Iron Age … Continue reading The Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival

Banbury Hillfort, Okeford Fitzpaine and Belchalwell

Starting at Okeford Fitzpaine, a village full of timber framed buildings, thatched roofs and medieval doorways, make your way to the Iron Age Hillfort of Banbury; one of many hillforts that follow the River Stour. While enjoying the views across the Blackmore Vale and beyond, travel to Belchalwell, a small settlement with an 12th century … Continue reading Banbury Hillfort, Okeford Fitzpaine and Belchalwell

Wild Swimming

Fiddleford Mill Of course, care is needed. These places that are recommended are not made for humans! They are natural, they do not adhere to health and safety regulations. If parking is full or difficult, find another spot to visit (not all spots have vehicular access). Please be safe, respect the environment and stick to … Continue reading Wild Swimming

The North Dorset Trailway

Originally part of the Somerset and Dorset railway line, the trailway stretches from Sturminster Newton to Blandford Forum. It traces the majority of the old railway line, with only a few diversions, due to modern development. The route is all tarmacked so easily accessible to all, cyclists, walkers, riders and wheelchairs. There are also a … Continue reading The North Dorset Trailway

The Bull, Sturminster Newton

Starting at The Bull Inn, make your way up the hill to skim Sturminster Newton Castle, its ruins said to hide a wealth of treasure. Make your way to Piddles Wood with views across the Vale to then be blocked by the towering trees. Tread through the woodland down the steep hill to Fiddleford, its … Continue reading The Bull, Sturminster Newton

The Swan, Sturminster Newton

From the Swan Inn wander through the town and down to the River Stour. Cross the water via Colber Bridge, a Victorian remnant of earlier life, to meet another old bridge that once carried the trains from Bath to Bournemouth. Explore the landscape of two Dorset Poets - William Barnes and Thomas Hardy. Both characters … Continue reading The Swan, Sturminster Newton