Out and About

There’s plenty to see in the area!

Whether exploring by car, foot or bicycle, there’s plenty to see and do.

The BBC website has details of a walk along the River Stour by the house which Thomas Hardy once rented.
Our local market towns are featured in Hardy’s books: Sturminster Newton (Stourcastle), Sherborne (Sherton Abbas) and Shaftesbury (Shaston).

  • Exploring on Holiday

    Exploring on Holiday

    The Dorset coastline has something for everyone - swimmers, shoppers, hikers, fossil-hunters, bird-watchers and it's also a great place to relax and unwind.
  • Historic Market Towns

    Historic Market Towns

    We're five miles from our local market town, Sturminster Newton, and the lovingly restored watermill on the River Stour. Just over six miles to the west, with its renowned abbey and castles, is the bigger market town of Sherborne.
  • Shaftesbury


    The Saxon town of Shaftesbury overlooks the Blackmore Vale, with views over three counties and its picturesque cobbled 'Gold Street'. The foundations of Shaftesbury Abbey can be visited in the peaceful walled garden with medieval orchard. Founded by Alfred the Great, it is said to have been the first religious house for women.
  • Over the Hills

    Over the Hills

    An hour's drive north over the Mendip Hills is the beautiful Chew Valley Lake, with a host of bird life and a lovely cafe, the Salt & Malt, by the lake - with some friendly ducks!
  • Cheese, Caves & Goats

    Cheese, Caves & Goats

    Also in the Mendip Hills is Cheddar Gorge, with the renowned caves and cheese and, now, feral goats too.
  • Exploring Locally

    Exploring Locally

    The Blackmore Vale is Hardy's 'Vale of Little Dairies'. Thomas Hardy lived in Sturminster Newton for nearly two years and described his time there, by the banks of the River Stour, as 'idyllic' and amongst the happiest days of his life.
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Opening Hours

Mondays: Not open (except bank holidays)
Tuesdays: Not open
Wednesdays: 5.30pm - 9pm(ish)
Thursdays: 5.30pm - 9pm(ish)
Fridays: 12.30pm - 2.30pm
5pm - 9pm(ish)
Saturdays: 12.30pm -9pm(ish)
Sundays: 12.30pm - 9pm(ish)

Kitchen Times

5.30pm to 9pm(ish) - Village Hot Pot Night (book in advance)
6pm to 8pm - Bar Menu
Friday Lunch:
12.30pm to 2.30pm - Bar Menu
Friday Evening:
6pm to 8pm - Fish & Chips (book in advance; takeaway available)
Saturday Lunch:
12.30pm to 2.30pm - Light lunches
Afternoon Cream Teas
Saturday Evening:
6pm to 8pm - Burger Night
Roast lunches - Sittings at 12.30pm and 2pm (booking essential)

Contact Us

The Trooper Inn ⚬ Stourton Caundle ⚬ Dorset ⚬ DT10 2JW
Phone: 01963 362405
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Camping at The Trooper

Our campsite is due to re-open next summer.