GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Stour Valley Way

60 miles (97 km)

This splendid walk takes you along the River Stour from Hengistbury Head on the Dorset south coast to Stourton in Wiltshire.
You begin at Hengistbury Head and head inland past Christchurch Harbour to Throop Mill where you'll pass a historic old watermill and the pretty Stour Valley Nature Reserve.
You continue towards Wimborne Minster via Canford Magna and Longham Lakes. At Wimborne Minster you'll pass the beautiful Kingston Lacy with its acres of beautiful parkland and gardens. The route continues past Blandford Forum, Child Okeford, Hambledon Hill and Sturminster Newton. The final section passes Gillingham before finishing at Stourton near the splendid Stourhead Estate and gardens.
To extend the walk you climb to White Sheet Hill from Stourton, for fine views over the estate and the Cranborne Chase AONB.

Stour Valley Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Stour Valley Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

On the route you could stop at The Spread Eagle Inn on the Stourhead Estate for some refreshments. The eighteenth-century inn offers lunches, snacks, evening meals, cakes, tea and coffee, as well as a great selection of wines, beers, and gins. There's also a nice outdoor seating area to relax in during the summer months. You can find the inn at Church Lawn on the estate with postcode BA12 6QE for your sat navs.
Also of interest is the White Horse Inn in Stourpaine. It's a quaint pub of some note, dating back to the early 18th Century. Today, the inside provides an open-plan layout with a bar, restaurant, shop, post office, games room, wood burning stoves & an open fire. The external provides a covered outdoor decking area at the rear and a seating area out the front for warm summer days. There's also a village shop within the pub with a deli counter which sells a variety of delicious, fresh products. You can find the pub in the village at postcode DT11 8TA for your sat navs.
In Blandford head to the Crown Hotel in the town centre. The Crown is reportedly the oldest inn in Dorset and has been a residence since the 10th Century. The pub/hotel is set in a redbrick Georgian property near to the interesting Blandford Town Museum. Highlights include a lounge with leather sofas and a fireplace, and a garden with a terrace seating to relax in on the warmer days. You can find it on West St at postcode DT11 7AJ.
The Baker Arms in Child Okeford is another great choice. It's a quintessential Dorset pub located right in the village. The pub dates back to circa 1770 and is perfectly situated at the foot of Hambledon hill. There's a cosy log burner indoors for the winter and a nice beer garden for warm summer days. There's a very good menu and an associated cottage if you need overnight accommodation. You can find the pub at The Cross with a postcode of DT118ED for your sat navs.

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Photos

Café and Land Train, Hengistbury Head - geograph.org.uk - 1444685

Café and Land Train, Hengistbury Head

River Stour at Christchurch - geograph.org.uk - 1761289

River Stour at Christchurch

Dudsbury Rings - geograph.org.uk - 469109

Dudsbury Rings are the remains of an Iron Age fort. The rings are now heavily wooded. This is the view of the rings from the south side of the River Stour.

Hinton St Mary, Cutt Mill - geograph.org.uk - 39083

Hinton St Mary: Cutt Mill. A watermill on the river Stour

Canford Magna, boathouse - geograph.org.uk - 1553988

Canford Magna, boathouse. One of two boathouses on the River Stour, belonging to Canford School.

Flood reflections River Stour near Child Okeford 20091115

Morning clouds, reflections in the floods on the River Stour near Child Okeford

River Stour, Blandford Forum - geograph.org.uk - 1501885

River Stour, Blandford Forum

The bridge at Stourhead - geograph.org.uk - 374803

The bridge at Stourhead. Part of the Stourhead Estate, this bridge crosses a stream entering the Garden Lake.

Elevation Profile

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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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