Poole
Shapwick Village
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Surrounded by farmland and beside the River Stour, is the tiny village of Shapwick.

The Iron Age hill-fort of Badbury Rings rises majestically behind the village. The village lies on the old Roman road, midway between Wimborne Minster and Blandford Forum, and is part of the Kingston Lacy Estate. Being part of the estate means the village’s old world charm will not be destroyed by development.

The village consists of mainly 18th and 19th century cottages. The two largest buildings are the Anchor Inn in the centre of the village and St Bartholomew’s church. The flint and rubble church has been reworked several times but it is still very old. Parts are from the 11th century and its squat tower was built in the 14th century. The church has a Purbeck stone slate roof and is well worth investigating.

Where the Roman road crosses the River Stour there is now a delightful, picturesque bridge. Not far from the bridge is White Mill, a water-powered corn mill.

Hidden Gem
This village is indeed a hidden gem of Dorset and a good spot to take a walk along the Stour River where otters can sometimes be seen. The National Trust has a path that follows the river bank to White Mill. After enjoying your walk call in to the Anchor Inn, Shapwick Village where you will be warmly welcomed by the owners and can enjoy good food at reasonable prices.
 
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Getting There
- By Car
From Wimborne or Blandford Forum take the B3082 to Shapwick village.
From the A31, take the turn to Sturminster Marshall, follow signs to Shapwick village.
 
From Bournemouth and Poole, take the A350 towards Blandford Forum, take the turn to Sturminster Marshall, and then after crossing the Stour River bridge, follow the signs to Shapwick village.
 
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