GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Sydling St Nicholas Walks

5 miles (8 km)

This pretty little village is located in a lovely rural location in thechalkhills of theDorset Downs.
It is surrounded by the attractive countryside of the valley of Sydling Water, a small river which flows fromUp Sydlinguntil it joins theRiver FromenearGrimstone. Sydling St Nicholas is also located on the Wessex Ridgeway, a long distance footpath running all the way to Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast. Other features include 18th century cottages on a chocolate box High Street, a noteworthy 15th century church and a fine centuries old pub to relax in after your exercise.
This circular walk uses part of the Wessex Ridgeway to explore Buckland Hill before visiting the neighbouring hamlet of Up Sydling. From the high points there are some excellent views over the countryside and hills of the DorsetArea of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
You could extend the walk by heading east to visit the neighbouring village of Cerne Abbas where you can enjoy a walk to the photogenic hill figure at the Cerne Abbas Giant. The delightful Minterne Gardens in Minterne Magna are also not far from the northern end of the trail.


DT2 9PD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Sydling St Nicholas OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Sydling St Nicholas Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Sydling St Nicholas

  • Maiden Newton - This Dorset based village sits in a rural spot on the River Frome near to the county town of Dorchester
  • Minterne Gardens - Explore the stunning gardens surrounding this fine house in the village of Minterne Magna in Dorset
  • Evershot - This circular walk from the idyllicDorset village of Evershot visits the delightful Melbury Park.
  • Cerne Abbas Giant - This circular walk visits Giant Hill in Dorset where you will find the striking chalk hill figure of the Cerne Abbas Giant
  • Frome Valley Trail - This is a riverside walk along the River Frome from its source at Evershot to Dorchester
  • Thorncombe Woods - This walk visits Thorncombe Woods, Duddle Heath and Thomas Hardy's cottage, near Dorchester
  • Puddletown Forest - This large area of woodland near Dorchester has miles of footpaths and mountain bike trails
  • Athelhampton House - Explore the beautiful parkland and gardens surrounding the marvellous, 15th century Athelhampton House
  • Maiden Castle Dorset - Climb to this Iron Agehill fort near Dorchester and enjoy wonderful views over the surrounding countryside
  • Wessex Ridgeway - This wonderful trail runs from Marlborough in Wiltshire to Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset
  • Macmillan Way - This epic long distance path links Boston in Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset
  • Dorchester - The historic county town of Dorset has some fine river trails, expansive local woodlands and a noteworthy hill fort to explore.


Back in the village head to the Greyhound Inn for some post walk refreshments. The old coaching inn dates back several centuries and is located on the delightful High Street with its pastel painted houses built from flint and stone. They serve high quality dishes and also have a beautiful garden area for warmer weather. You can find them at postcode DT2 9PD for your sat navs. The pub is dog friendly.


High Street, Sydling St Nicholas - - 907612

Historic thatched cottages on the High Street, Sydling St Nicholas.On the left are two 18th century cottages, no. 10 (Honeysuckle Cottage) and no. 8. The one on the right-hand side, no. 7, dates from the previous century. Thomas Hardynames the village as Sidlinch or Broad Sidlinch in his story 'The Grave by the Handpost' (1897)published inThe Changed Man and Other Tales(1913).

Sydling Water - - 724365

Sydling Water. A fine collection of gnomes and other trivia on the banks of the stream that flows through the village of Sydling St Nicholas. A rubber duck race is held every year down the Sydling Water stream.

Wessex Ridgeway - - 248531

Wessex Ridgeway. Looking north along the bridleway on Buckland Down.

Sydling St Nicholas, Greyhound Inn - - 2344325

Greyhound Inn

Sydling St Nicholas - - 2791947

Across the fields to the village. The church pictured here dates back to the 1400s and is Grade I listed. It possesses aNormanfont and a fine tower. The church was used as a location in the 1967film adaptationof Hardy'sFar From the Madding Crowd, in a scene that involved water pouring from one of the church's gargoyles onto the grave of Fanny Robin.

Up Sydling, Sydling Water - - 4723176

Up Sydling, Sydling Water

Up Sydling, barley field - - 4723933

Up Sydling, barley field

Wessex Ridgeway on Balls Hill - - 1492700

Wessex Ridgeway on Balls Hill. View south along the track looking towards Buckland Hill. The path is fairly level here as it runs along the summit of the ridge.


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