GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Spetisbury Walk

3 miles (5.5 km)

This pretty village in North Dorset has some lovely riverside walks and an ancient Iron Age Hillfort to visit. There's also an historic 15th century church and some lovely countryside to explore in the surrounding area.
This route from the village uses a section of the Stour Valley Way and the North Dorset Trailway to create a circular walk through the surrounding countryside.
The walk starts in the village at Spetisbury Rings. Here you can enjoy a climb to the top of the 81 metre ancient site where you will find a trig point and some fine views over the area.
The route then follows the North Dorset Trailway west through the village. This path runs along a disused rail track passing the old bridge and station site. At Clapcott's Farm you cross the river and head north east to Keynston Mill and Tarrant Crawford where you'll pass a noteworthy 12th century church. The historic church is all that remains of Tarrant Abbey, aCistercian nunnery founded in the 13th century.
The route then turns south through farmland to Crawford Bridge where you cross the Stour and return to the village.
To extend the walk you could continue north west along the trailway to visit Blandford Forum. Head east along the River Stour path and it will take you to Sturminster Marshall, Pamphill and Wimborne where you can visit the historic minster and the National Trust's Kingston Lacy.

Spetisbury OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Spetisbury Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Head east to Shapwick and there's the Anchor Inn for some post walk rest and refreshment. It's a lovely pub with a good menu and some outdoor seating for fine days. You can find the pub just south east of the site at a postcode of DT11 9LB for your sat navs.

Photos

Spettisbury Rings trig point - geograph.org.uk - 2135896

Spettisbury Rings trig point

Spetisbury, trailway - geograph.org.uk - 2892586

Spetisbury trailway

Ramparts of Spettisbury Rings - geograph.org.uk - 1281226

Ramparts of Spettisbury Rings. A hill just South of the village was used as a hill fort by a British tribe, protected by great ramparts around the living area. The Romans took over in 45AD, the battle left many skeletons discovered when the railway nearby was constructed around 1860.

Spetisbury Halt, abandoned platform (geograph 2135894)

Spetisbury Halt, abandoned platform

Spetisbury, ford - geograph.org.uk - 2778423

Spetisbury, ford

Footbridge near Keynston Mill - geograph.org.uk - 1275835

A fairly new footbridge over one of the arms of the River Stour next to Keynston Mill

St. Mary,Tarrant Crawford, churchyard (3) - geograph.org.uk - 2965726

St. Mary,Tarrant Crawford

Spetisbury, Crawford Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 2778384

Crawford Bridge

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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