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Dorset wanderings - Yetminster to Thornford

A leisurely walk (countryside) in Dorset, England, about 5.00km (3.11 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 1:30h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 40m (131ft)
Descent 50m (164ft)
Max. Elevation 100m (328ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 90m (295ft)
Start & End
Distance 5.00km
Duration ~1:30h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 14 Oct 2011
This walk weaves through the countryside between Yetminster and Thornford, two stops on the Heart of Wessex train line. The beauty is in the walking here - making the most of the many footpaths that weave across our green and pleasant land. The pub in Thornford is worth a visit, but time your walk to get there at lunchtime or the evening - it's not open all day.

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OS Grid ST596108
Take the train to Yetminster station.
OS Grid ST599107
Up the steps, turn left to cross the railway bridge. In the village, take the footpath that heads through a small group of houses (not the overgrown one straight ahead).
About 0.25 km (~0.16 miles) from
OS Grid ST603108
The route then crosses farmland. This route is part of the Macmillan Way: www.macmillanway.org
About 0.47 km (~0.29 miles) from
OS Grid ST609112
There are a couple of fences to navigate, including an electric one - how did that happen on a footpath? But it is low-hanging and should be easy enough to get over.
About 0.66 km (~0.41 miles) from
OS Grid ST613115
At Knighton, turn left to face a steep hill - the next footpath is just a few metres ahead (before you go down the hill).
About 0.58 km (~0.36 miles) from
OS Grid ST609120
The path skirts beneath a patch of woodland on Knighton Hill.
About 0.62 km (~0.39 miles) from
OS Grid ST601129
More farmland to cross to reach Thornford. There's a shop in the village and a pub, the King's Arms, but check opening times to avoid a thirsty disappointment: www.kingsarmsthornford.co.uk
About 1.17 km (~0.73 miles) from
OS Grid ST594126
Walk along the road to the station - there's a footpath to avoid having to walk on the road itself. Good work, Dorset Council.
About 0.78 km (~0.48 miles) from
OS Grid ST593125
To the station for the train home.
About 0.18 km (~0.11 miles) from

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Blanche Alexander
07 Apr 2017
The White Hart @ Yetminster

The White Hart is a beautiful 16th century thatched free-house with loads of character. Specialising in serving locally sourced Craft Ales and West Country ciders - all from within 20 miles of Yetminster– along with a great selection of other drinks, and hearty pub fare. Open 7 days a week. We welcome walking groups of all sizes. Give us a call to bookl! 01935 872338 www.YetminsterWhiteHart.pub

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