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Walking trail

Walk at Eye Bridge and Pamphill, Kingston Lacy

Walking trail

Walk upstream along this beautiful stretch of the Stour river with much interesting bird life and through the unspoilt areas of Pamphill and Cowgrove. There are waymarks for Walk 7 on the route.

Blossom at Eye Bridge on the Kingston Lacy estate, Dorset

Map

Map route for walk at Eye Bridge and Pamphill, Kingston Lacy

Start:

Eye Bridge car park off the Wimborne/ Cowgrove road, grid ref: ST996001

1

From the car park at Eye Bridge take the squeeze stile to the left when facing the river. The footpath splits into two, take the left path crossing the pasture diagonally towards the Wimborne/ Cowgrove road. Cross the road here with care. Walk a short distance to the right and then pass through a stile on your left into the pasture of Hart’s Glen. Following the hedgeline, after approximately 220yd (200m) there is a stile and a Stour Valley Way sign.

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2

Proceed over the stile following the path as it switches to the opposite side of the stream and continue on the other bank through this ancient woodland.

3

There is a prominent path intersection below Pamphill Moor, turn left here up the hill continuing to follow the Stour Valley Way. This levels out on Pamphill Common below the electricity pylon.

4

Bear left to tarmac road and then right until Pamphill School is reached. Cross the road and follow the edge of the green and cricket pitch, past the picturesque pavilion until you link in with the track down towards Cowgrove.

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5

You will shortly pass Manor Cottage on your left. Just past this property on the left there is the option to use the permissive path for a short 270yd (250m) diversion to view the site of the medieval Moot Court. Dropping down over a field, go over a stile on the far side.

6

Turn right and the land slopes down to a stile. Cross the farm track and over the stile opposite and the cross-field path then finishes at a grassed bridleway.

7

Ignore the waymark to the right and turn left back to Cowgrove Common and the pond at Poplar Farm.

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8

Opposite Poplar Farm, adjacent to the thatched cottage, the walk continues along a footpath known as Weir Lane, this is an ancient path heading towards and then following the River Stour. Ignore the mid-point squeeze stile and permissive path on your left. Further along this ancient track you will pass an impressive veteran tree; known locally as the Waterman’s Oak. This permissive path offers benches to sit on as you follow the Stour bank to the car park and start point adjacent to Eye Bridge.

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End:

Eye Bridge car park off the Wimborne/ Cowgrove road, grid ref: ST996001

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Walk at Eye Bridge and Pamphill, Kingston Lacy

Terrain

Grass, undulating and rough in parts, gravel tracks, easy ascents and descents.

Dogs welcome, but must be kept on a lead if animals are grazing and when close to traffic.

Walk at Eye Bridge and Pamphill, Kingston Lacy

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Walk at Eye Bridge and Pamphill, Kingston Lacy

How to get here

Address
Cowgrove Road, near Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4EL
By road

From Blandford: Take the B3082 towards Wimborne. Go past Queen Elisabeth School on the outskirts of the town and soon after take a sharp right down the Cowgrove Road, which is just before the hospital. After about 1/3 mile (480m) the Eye Bridge car park is on the left by the river. Distance 9.5 miles (15.2 km).

From Wimborne: Take the B3082 towards Blandford. Just past the hospital take the Cowgrove Road, which is on the left. After about 1/3 mile (480m) the Eye Bridge car park is on the left by the river. Distance 1.6 miles (2.6 km).

Walk at Eye Bridge and Pamphill, Kingston Lacy

Facilities and access

  • Free car park
  • Kingston Lacy shop and restaurant 2 miles (3.2km) away
  • Farm shop and café (not National Trust) on the far side of Pamphill Green about ½ mile (800m) away
  • Dogs welcome, but must be kept on a lead if animals are grazing and when close to traffic