‘Stalbridge Lane’. Noticing the part-demolished railway arches to your right, cross Colber Bridge. Through the end kissing-gate, take the half-left ‘Stalbridge Lane’ footpath across the field to the hedge’s kissing-gate. Follow the hedged path above Hole House and the deep valley below. Through the end footpath kissing-gate, turn right along the hedge and trees, not the arrow’s direction. Keep following the field edge above the right valley, bending left.
Past a left cross-field path, go through the facing ‘Town Bridge’ footpath-gate. Cross to the fence’s footpath kissing-gate and cross to the right corner, catching the merest glimpse of Sturminster Castle through the right hedge on the way. Built within an Iron Age promontory fort in ‘Newentone belonging to Glastonbury Abbey’ in the 1086 Domesday Book, the ‘Castle’ is listed as the service range of a 14th-century manor house.
Through the kissing-gate, descend the stone steps and pass the 1870 Primitive Methodist Chapel. At the A357, signed back ‘Hole House Lane’, we’re going left to Sturminster Mill but, first, turn right to pass the B3092 bridge over the River Stour to visit the 15th-century Bull Inn. Barely 200 yards past The Bull is Sturminster Newton Cemetery where Robert Young was buried in 1908.
Hole Brook footpath