Sturminster Newton is an old market
town located within the Blackmoor Vale with variety of house styles, red brick, thatch, whitened cob,
stone and even some exposed Tudor-type timbering. It stands on a great
loop of the river Stour which has a fine bridge with six arches that
unite Sturminster with Newton.
Nearby Pentridge Farm was the
birth place of 19th century poet William Barnes, who wrote Lindenlea.
Thomas Hardy wrote "The return of the native" in a grey
stone mansion, Riverside, on the outskirts of the town.
The thatch White Heart 18th century
Inn and the perpendicular church has been enriched by modern artists.
The 17th century town mill is still working.
The local country side provides
numerous opportunities for walking and cycling.
- Local towns and villages to visit..
- Milton Abbas
- Sea fishing at
Weymouth, Lulworth Cove, and Osmington Mills. Coarse fishing at
Radipole Lake, Weymouth. Trout fishing on the rivers Frome and