Walking

Walking trail

Walk at Eye Bridge, Kingston Lacy

Walking trail

Indulge in a gentle walk starting from Eye Bridge where you can see the weir and view the River Stour from the bridge.

Walk upstream along this beautiful stretch of river with much interesting bird life before looping round on the paths across the meadows to return. There are waymarks for Walk 11 on the route.

Map

Start:

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

1

Leave the car park at Eye Bridge, following the river to the right and taking the footpath past the bridge (don’t cross the bridge) keeping to the northern bank of the Stour.

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2

The riverside walk along the Stour continues over a small bridge, still following the river bank, until it turns to the right by a plantation of trees.

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3

Turn right and depending on ground conditions, the walk either meanders on along the ancient way known as Weir Lane or an alternative is to take to the dryer ground at a higher level by the fence on the edge of the pasture.

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4

A farm track is encountered on the right, with a prominent field marker stone on the opposite side. Go through the stile down the track for a short distance and turn right.

5

Having turned right follow the path behind the village of Cowgrove and the medieval Court House back towards the river Stour.

6

Turn left and follow the River Stour back to Eye Bridge and the car park.

End:

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

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Walk at Eye Bridge, Kingston Lacy

Terrain

Flat gravel and mud paths, which at times can be very wet.

Dogs welcome, but must be kept on a lead if animals are grazing.

Walk at Eye Bridge, Kingston Lacy

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Walk at Eye Bridge, Kingston Lacy

How to get here

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

From Blandford: Take the B3082 towards Wimborne. On the outskirts of town go past Queen Elisabeth School and, just before the hospital, take a sharp right turn the Cowgrove road. After approximately ½ mile (800m) the car park is on the left by the river Stour. Distance 9.5 miles (15.2 km).

From Wimborne: Take the B3082 towards Blandford. Just past the hospital, take a left turn down the Cowgrove road. After approximately ½ mile (800m) the car park is on the left by the river Stour. Distance 1.6 miles (2.6 km).

Walk at Eye Bridge, Kingston Lacy

Facilities and access

  • Free car park
  • Kingston Lacy shop and restaurant 1.6 miles (2.6km) 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