Sturminster Newton - Cutt Mill - Stour Valley Way

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Sturminster Newton - Bagber House Farm - Cutt Mill - Stour Valley Way

This is a walk for anyone with even the slightest interest in natural history. To begin with, there are easy lanes to go through with an abundance of wildflowers in places and intriguing views to watch out for. Then you swing back towards the river, crossing over the track of the now extinguished Stour Valley Railway on your way to Cutt Mill. This is a scene with a long and noisy weir, a large tranquil millpond and mill-house that someone failed rather spectacularly to repair.

When you start on your way back, you enter a wood filled with a myriad of insects and wildflowers, but you do have to watch your step in places. You emerge into vast acres of grassland and proceed for a couple of miles with the river more or less at your right elbow. There are dragonflies and damselflies and many other creatures all the way.

Across the river the sad remnants of the Stour Valley Line again put in their appearance and eventually, you come across it on your side when you go under an arch of the dismantled bridge. This is one of most beautiful, easy walks around and should not be missed.

This walk was originated by Colin Campbell. Walkingworld would like to say a big thank you to Colin for all his superb contributions to the website over the years.

England - South West England - Dorset - River Walk


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Museum, Nature Trail, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
8/18/2017 - Kai Chandler

Another beautiful walk from Colin Campbell! Checked and updated August 2017.

8/18/2017 - Kai Chandler

Another beautiful walk from Colin Campbell! Checked and updated August 2017.

4/15/2016 - Mike Kell

Did this walk 19 March 2016. All directions remain accurate and marker photographs easily identifiable. One point to note - the first direction is to proceed into the lane beside Barclay's Bank, but in fact the bank was shut down some months ago. However, the building and lane are still fairly obvious even though the former is now anonymous. Very good walk for dogs - my golden retriever loved it and there are no difficult stiles.

11/26/2009 - Adrian Perkins

This walk was updated by Roy Davenport in November 2009. Thanks for this, Roy Adrian (Admin)

8/19/2006 - Sylvia Saunders

We enjoyed this walk 11.8.06, especially the return along the river where the lilies were just about to burst into bloom. Some locals told us to look out for otters and kingfishers but we were not lucky this time. However we did see a magnificent heron.

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