Dorset - - Walk -

Af­ter left 17th-cen­tury

Beech House and right-turn ‘Dur­rant’, cross to the foot­path­signed ‘Coach Road’ kiss­ing-gate into a meadow. Fol­low the raised Coach Road path, turn­ing off left to a kiss­ing-gate into a fenced path. Up into Church Lane, turn right along the nar­row lane. Past Stour Grange, the much-ex­tended vicarage which stood at the end of Coach Road drive, ar­rive at St Mary’s Church. Built in 1486 by Ab­bot John Sel­wood, St

Mary’s was re­built in 1825 by the Rev­erend Lane Fox. Pass around the south (right) side, with fine views, and leave by the iron gate and steps. Turn left along Church Walk to Penny Street. Cross into Gotts Cor­ner. French Huguenots flee­ing Catholic op­pres­sion set­tled here in the 17th cen­tury and in­tro­duced cloth-mak­ing to Stur­min­ster. ‘Dash­woods’, the orig­i­nal ‘Vine House’ where Barnes was first em­ployed, is higher left up Penny Street. Walk be­tween cot­tages to the end path and foot­path kiss­ing-gate. Through, turn left for ‘Butts

Pond’ along the field’s left edge. Through the cor­ner kiss­ing-gate and up steps to the old rail­way ‘Trail­way’, turn left.

Mon­u­ment to the old mar­ket site

Dash­woods, the orig­i­nal Vine House where Wil­liam Barnes worked

The Trail­way fol­lows the for­mer route of the lo­cal rail­ways

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