Guidelet: The Best of the Blackmore Vale

A travel guide to Dorset, United Kingdom | Target Market: families, couples,tourists | A travel guide by: Rachael

This is a guide to North Dorset and the Blackmore Vale. It includes lots of lovely places to explore and enjoy. Many tourists overlook this part of Dorset but it is a really beautiful place.
The Best of the Blackmore Vale", a travel guide to Dorset, United Kingdom

Summary of points of interest in this travel guide to Dorset, United Kingdom


Sherborne Abbey

Why visit:

The centre of the town, this is a beautiful abbey.

a day,lunch,dinner,free,just show up option


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Sherborne Abbey, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

Gold Hill

Why visit:

This very steep hill has starred in TV Advertisements and films.Have a coffee at the top and enjoy the view.

a day,lunch,varies,just show up option
at Gold Hill, Shaftesbury


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Gold Hill, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

Turnbulls Deli

Why visit:

This deli is full of delicious local food. The owner is an expert at getting customers to try something new! There's a great cafe here too.

a day,lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 9 High Street


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Turnbulls Deli, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

Olives Et Al

Why visit:

This is a great deli specialising in olives. There's a shop in Sturminster Newton and another in Poundbury.

a day,varies,just show up option
at 9 High Street


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Olives Et Al, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

Bulbarrow Hill

Why visit:

For a fabulous view walk across Bulbarrow Hill. This is Thomas Hardy's Vale of the Little Dairies and is stunning.

a day,free,just show up option
at 9 High Street


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Bulbarrow Hill, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

Hambledon Hill

Why visit:

This is a magnificent iron age hill fort which is excellent for walking.

a day,free,just show up option
at 9 High Street


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Hambledon Hill, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

The Three Wishes

Why visit:

This is a great cafe in Sherborne,

a day,lunch,varies,just show up option
at 78 cheap street


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The Three Wishes, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

Sherborne Castle

Why visit:

This is a lovely historic castle and beautiful grounds. Once the residence of Sir Walter Raleigh.

a day,very cheap,check site first option
at New Rd.


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Sherborne Castle, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

The Black more Vale Pub

Why visit:

This is a historic pub in Marnhull that inspired Thomas Hardy when writing Tess of the D'Urbervilles.

a lunch,dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at New Rd.


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The Black more Vale Pub, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

Shillingstone Railway Project

Why visit:

This is a community project. The village has restored a historic railway station with carriages. You can also walk along the North Dorset Trailway close to this station.

a day,lunch,dinner,night,free,just show up option
at New Rd.


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Shillingstone Railway Project, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

The Udder Farm Shop

Why visit:

An excellent farm shop full of local food.

a day,lunch,varies,just show up option
at Manor Farm, Front Street


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The Udder Farm Shop, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

Sturminster Newton Mill

Why visit:

A beautiful setting for a picnic or walk.

a day,lunch,dinner,night,varies,just show up,check site first option
at The Bridge


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Sturminster Newton Mill, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

Harts

Why visit:

This store has outdoor clothes and household items. The sort of place where you can find anything.

a day,varies,just show up option
at Station Road


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Harts, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

Milton Abbas

Why visit:

This historic village is interesting. 200 years ago the village had to move because the local lord thought it spoiled his view. There are character houses here and a great pub.

a day,lunch,dinner,night,free,just show up option
at Station Road


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Milton Abbas, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

Compton Abbas Airfield

Why visit:

The highest grass airfield in England. Great views, good for plance spotting and the cafe is one of Dorset's best kept secrets.

a day,varies,just show up option
at Station Road


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Compton Abbas Airfield, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

Crown Hotel Blandford Forum

Why visit:

A lovely place to stay and get a good meal.

a day,lunch,dinner,night,varies,check site first option
at 8 West Street


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Crown Hotel Blandford Forum, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

Great Dorset Steam Fair

Why visit:

This is an annual event just outside Tarrant Hinton. It is full of steam engines and other fascinating items. It has to be seen to be believed.

a day,varies,check site first option
at 8 West Street


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Great Dorset Steam Fair, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

Shaftesbury Abbey And Garden

Why visit:

Shaftesbury Abbey was built by King Alfred. The ruins are interesting as is the view across the Blackmore Vale.

a day,very cheap,just show up option
at 8 West Street


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Shaftesbury Abbey And Garden, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

Royal Signals Museum

Why visit:

A great military museum in Blandford Forum

a day,fixed price,check site first option
at 8 West Street


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Royal Signals Museum, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

The Crown at Marnhull Inn Sturminster Newton

Why visit:

A lovely country pub

a lunch,dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at Crown Road


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The Crown at Marnhull Inn Sturminster Newton, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

Cerne Giant

Why visit:

A unique feature of this lovely village- on a very steep hill. It is believed to be an ancient fertility symbol.

a day,free,just show up option
at Crown Road


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Cerne Giant, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

Dikes and sons

Why visit:

This is a lovely supermarket which prides itself on quality local food. It is ideal for stocking up for a picnic.

a day,lunch,varies,just show up option
at ring street


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Dikes and sons, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

The Saxon Inn Child Okeford

Why visit:

A very pleasant village pub with good food.

a lunch,dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at Gold Hill


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The Saxon Inn Child Okeford, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

Melbury Beacon

Why visit:

One of the steepest hills in Dorset this is great walking country.

a day,free,just show up option
at Gold Hill


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Melbury Beacon, a tour attraction in Dorset, United Kingdom

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