North Dorset Trailway
This walking, cycling and horse riding route runs along the route of the old Somerset and Dorset Railway line and takes you through some picturesque villages of the Blackmore vale. The old railway line closed to rail traffic in 1966 provides an ideal route for a Trailway as it links many of North Dorset's towns and villages.
The largest section provides a continuous route between Blandford and Sturminster Newton - a distance of 9 miles - which takes you through some of North Dorset's spectacular countryside, towns and villages with views of Hambledon Hill and the meandering River Stour. Additional sections are open between Blandford St Mary and Spetisbury and Stalbridge. It is hoped one day all sections will join up to provide public access along the whole length of the old Somerset and Dorset Railway line.
The trail runs along a flat, surfaced three metre wide track suitable for pushchairs, mobility vehicles, horses, bicycles and walkers. Please do not trespass on sections not currently open to the public.
The North Dorset Trailway leaflet is currently being updated.
Places of interest
- Shillingstone Station Restoration Project (opens in a new window)
- Fiddleford Manor (opens in a new window)
- Hambledon Hill National Nature Reserve (opens in a new window)
Places to stop for refreshments
Start Point: Various
Finish Point: Various
Total Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles
Sections of the trailway are open to the public at:
- Stalbridge - 0.4 miles
- Sturminster Newton to Blandford - 9 miles
- Blandford St Mary to Spetisbury - 3 miles
Districts Covered: North Dorset
Map Information: OS Explorer Maps 117, 118 and 129
Trail Managed by: Dorset County Council (Area Greenspace Management Team - west)