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Sturminster Newton

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Sturminster Newton is a rural town in north Dorset. It is surrounded by stunning countryside and plentiful scenic walks. It’s the ideal place to spend a leisurely afternoon during your touring, camping or glamping holiday at South Lytchett Manor. Enjoy a peaceful afternoon exploring the network of footpaths before stopping for a tasty lunch and a look around the town.

North Dorset market town

Spend an hour or so walking around Sturminster Newton’s pretty streets to appreciate the town’s history. Many of the buildings are thatched and look reminiscent of times gone by. In the past, Sturminster Newton played an important role in a number of industries, including the production of meat and cheese. Learn more about the town’s interesting past at the local museum, which houses a collection of fascinating objects, photographs and written material.

If you venture out of town and to the banks of the River Stour, you’ll find Sturminster Mill. This ancient flour mill dates back to the Saxon times and occupies an idyllic location on the waters edge. Much of the original building has been preserved and there are 3 floors of working machinery to explore. Join one of the guided tours to find out more about the historic process, which continues to this day.

Walking in Dorset

The north of the county is popular with hikers and Sturminster Newton is no exception. There are some fantastic trails through the Blackmore Vale, with something to suit all abilities. The White Hart Link is a new walking route that connects five north Dorset towns via footpaths and quiet country lanes. It’s 50 miles in total, but can be enjoyed in smaller sections.

The North Dorset Trailway is not to be missed during your visit. The 14 mile walk follows and old railway track and is ideal for families as well as cyclists. The path is flat, which makes it accessible for mobility scooters and pushchairs.

Events in Sturminster Newton

In September, Sturminster Newton hosts a two day Cheese Festival. The popular event attracts visitors from across the county and is not to be missed, especially if you’re into food. There are a number of tents showcasing some of the best producers in Dorset. Sample a wide selection of cheeses and other food and drink. Across the weekend there are some fantastic local folk bands performing as well as cookery entertainment, craft stalls, demonstrations and children’s entertainment.

Getting to Sturminster Newton

Sturminster Newton is situated in between Sherborne and Blandford Forum and just a 40 minute drive from our holiday park near Poole. It can be incorporated into a trip to other towns, villages and attractions in the north of the county, including Kingston Lacy, Shaftesbury and White Mill.

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