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‘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

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