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Minterne House has been the home of the Churchill's and Digby's family for the last 350 years and now the seat of the 12th Lord Digby. It was rebuilt in 1905 by Leonard Stokes after the previous house was destroyed by dry rot. Minterne nestles in 1,300 acres of beautiful Dorset Countryside and is described by Simon Jenkins in his book ‘England’s 1,000 Best houses,’ as a “Corner of Paradise.”


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Tourist Information: Walks

Dorset has many 'Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty' and 'Sites of Special Scientific Interest' and is criss crossed by many enjoyable walks. Dorset is also famous for its picturesque coastline, with many walks along its Jurassic Coast. 


West Dorset is a walker's treasure trove with over 300 well posted routes to choose from. Sea views and coastal scenery or unspoilt views across the west county's beautiful countryside.  There are also numerous pub walks and a good opportunity to sample some of our area's delicious local produce.

We have several books and free print outs of walks in Dorset; long, short and pub walks, just ask and you can borrow them.

There are many good websites for walking in Dorset some examples being: -

John Harris' Walking in Dorset  www. walkingindorset

Dorset Walking       www.dorsetwalking.co.uk

Best Walks              www.bestwalks.com - The price comparison site for all books and maps on walking in Dorset and throughout Britain.

Walking for softies walks4softies.co.uk

Other useful information : -

Guided Walking Tour of Sherborne
(01935) 815341 TIC
1st May - 29th September
Please check with the Tourist Information Centre in Sherborne for times. Blue Badge Guides.

Thorncombe Woods
Tel: 01305 250793
Open daily from 8am until 4pm.
Higher Bockhampton near Dorchester A mixed woodland with circular walks close to Hardy's Cottage. Great for dog walking.

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