Walking

Walking trail

Walk at White Mill and the Droves, Kingston Lacy

Walking trail

A moderate walk through the water meadows by the River Stour, and short distances on country lanes and along gravel tracks. Follow waymarks for Walk 10 on the route.

Peacock butterfly enjoying the sunshine

Map

Map route for Walk at White Mill and the Droves, Kingston Lacy

Start:

Car park opposite White Mill; grid ref: ST958007

1

Turn right as you leave the car park, and then turn right at the junction onto Mill Lane, walking away from White Mill itself up the straight country lane.

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2

Turn right up the waymarked bridleway and continue straight on past farm buildings, until reaching the junction with Park Lane.

3

Turn right and walk down Park Lane, passing New Barn Farm on your right.

4

At the junction, cross the road and continue straight on, following the bridleway, Sweetbriar Drove. Sweetbriar Drove was the medieval route to Shapwick before the more southerly road by the Stour was adopted. The walking surface is normally dry, being on chalk. The surrounding farmland is a mixture of arable and of particular value to birds. Continue down to the end of the drove.

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5

As Sweetbriar Drove comes to an end, the path forks. Follow the right hand fork onto Kingston Lacy Drove and the perimeter belt of Kingston Lacy Park. The woodland to the left of the path is known as Coneygar, associated with the breeding of rabbits in the medieval period. Artificial banks may have encouraged the creation of burrows. This section of the walk can be muddy underfoot after rain.

6

Take the first right-hand turning off Kingston Lacy Drove and join the Stour Valley Way as it heads towards Sturminster Marshall. Follow the path straight down until it joins the Shapwick to Cowgrove road.

7

Turn right when you reach the road. After approximately 220yd (200m) cross the stile on your left , next to a metal gate. In the summer, you can continue along the road to make a short diversion to Barford Farm ice cream garden and shop. These long time tenants of the estate are building an excellent reputation for the quality of their products.

8

Cross the pasture, heading towards a line of trees. Cross a second stile and continue along the footpath as it follows the bank of the Stour back towards White Mill, passing over several stiles. Upon reaching White Mill follow the road a short distance before turning left and then right back into the car park.

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End:

Car park opposite White Mill; grid ref: ST958007

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Walk at White Mill and the Droves, Kingston Lacy

Terrain

Fairly flat walk on grass and gravel tracks and short distances on country lanes. The path by the Stour will be flooded some of the time through the year.

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

Walk at White Mill and the Droves, Kingston Lacy

Contact us

Walk at White Mill and the Droves, 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 the Droves, Kingston Lacy

Facilities and access

  • Free car park
  • Kingston Lacy shop and restaurant 3 miles (5km) away
  • Dogs welcome, please keep on a lead near livestock and traffic