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Sturminster Newton and Fiddleford Circular Walk

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Sturminster Newton, Dorset, England

Sturminster Newton and Fiddleford Circular Walk is a 2.7 mile loop trail located near Sturminster Newton, Dorset, England that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 232 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips



partially paved





city walk

historic site

A 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 (the cattle seem 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.

4 days ago

Nice easy walk with the children with a lovely picnic spot by the river.

Sat Jul 28 2018

A lovely walk on a hot but splendid day, met several local dog walkers who were very friendly and told us where the cows were! There is a nice lake by the mill which the dog enjoyed cooling off in.