Walking

Walking trail

Walk at White Mill and Shapwick, Kingston Lacy

Walking trail

A moderate walk through the water meadows by the River Stour, short distances on country lanes and along gravel tracks. There are waymarks for Walk 8 on the route.

Starting by an 18th-century mill, the walk goes over rough pasture along an unspoilt stretch of the River Stour with much bird life. It then goes through the picturesque village of Shapwick and returns on lanes to White Mill.

White Mill bridge, Dorset

Map

Map route for walk at White Mill and Shapwick, Kingston Lacy

Start:

Car park opposite White Mill; grid ref: ST958007

1

Leave the car park at White Mill and turn right at the signpost for Shapwick and Tarrant Crawford. The permissive path, part of The Stour Valley Way, is clearly marked on the opposite side of the road.

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2

The riverside walk along the Stour meanders over rough pasture and arable headlands for approximately 2.5 miles (4km). Squeeze stiles at fence lines indicate the route to be taken.

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3

Having arrived at St Bartholomew’s Church on the edge of the village of Shapwick, follow the footpath signs to the cross at the centre of the village. The Anchor Inn at Shapwick Cross providing an ideal staging post for refreshments if required.

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4

To continue the walk proceed straight up the Shapwick High Street until a junction with Park Lane is encountered on the right, opposite Priory House.

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5

Turn right here and you will almost immediately pass the Higher Dairy part of Crab Farm.

6

Turn right down the bridleway, known as Half Mile Drove, before New Barn Farm. This track leads to the White Mill and Shapwick. Turning left at the bottom, return with care along the road to your start point.

End:

Car park opposite White Mill; grid ref: ST958007

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Walk at White Mill and Shapwick, Kingston Lacy

Terrain

Fairly flat walk on grass and gravel tracks and short distances on country lanes. At times the path by the Stour will be flooded and river banks can be slippery.

Please note: due to livestock grazing unfortunately dogs are not allowed on this walk.

Walk at White Mill and Shapwick, Kingston Lacy

Contact us

Walk at White Mill and Shapwick, Kingston Lacy

How to get here

Address
Mill Lane, near Shapwick, Dorset, BH21 4BX
By road

From Blandford: Take the B3082 towards Wimborne and before reaching Kingston Lacy turn right on the road to Sturminster Marshall. On reaching a T junction turn left and quickly left again and the car park is immediately on the left. Approximately 7 miles (11km).

From Wimborne: Take the B3082 towards Blandford go past Kingston Lacy and take the next left to Sturminster Marshall. On reaching a T junction turn left and quickly left again and the car park is immediately on the left. Approximately 5 miles (8km).

Walk at White Mill and Shapwick, Kingston Lacy

Facilities and access

  • Free car park
  • Kingston Lacy shop and restaurant 3 miles (5km) away
  • Due to livestock grazing unfortunately dogs are not allowed