Exploring

Locally

Whether on holiday or visiting for a few hours, there’s plenty to explore close by.

And whether you’re into market towns, Thomas Hardy, Terry Pratchett, walking, cycling, hill forts – it’s all here!

There are great walks from The Trooper Inn. The BBC website has details of a walk along the River Stour by the house which Thomas Hardy once rented.


  • North Dorset Trailway

    North Dorset Trailway

    This 14 mile trail goes from nearby Sturminster Newton to Spetisbury Rings hill fort, along by the River Stour, passing Fiddleford Mill - which has the first hydroelectric generator on the river - and the ancient hill fort of Hambledon Hill. A host of wildlife can be spotted, including kingfishers and the occasional otter.
  • Stalbridge

    Stalbridge

    Nearby Stalbridge is said to be Dorset's smallest town and has held market rights since the time of King Edward I. Along the main street, towards the church, you will see the 15th Century market cross, made from local yellow 'Ham stone'. Our local supermarket, in Stalbridge, is the biggest independent supermarket in the West Country.
  • Sturminster Newton

    Sturminster Newton

    On the south bank of the River Stour is the watermill which was restored in 1980 and opened to the public as a museum. In the centre of Sturminster Newton and set back from the main road is the market square and parish church, which was rebuilt in 1486 by the abbots of Glastonbury.
  • Thomas Hardy

    Thomas Hardy

    Thomas Hardy rented a house in Sturminster Newton, early on in his married life with his first wife, overlooking the River Stour.
    The region inspired his novel Tess of the d'Urbevilles, with Sturminster being Hardy's 'Stourcastle'.
  • More Authors!

    More Authors!

    Opposite the Trooper Inn is Manor Farm, formerly owned by Enid Blyton and the setting for her book Five on Finniston Farm. Douglas Adams lived in Stalbridge, where he wrote Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Other weird and wonderful stories were written by Sir Terry Pratchett near Wincanton, where you will find the small shop dedicated to Pratchett memorabilia.
  • Behind the Wall

    Behind the Wall

    Travelling around Stalbridge, you may see an ancient wall alongside the rural lanes. Said to extend some 5 miles in length, the wall originally surrounded a large, ornate manor house.
    Perhaps the most famous inhabitant was Robert Boyle. known by chemists for Boyle's Law.
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Opening Hours

14th April to 17th May

Wednesdays – 6pm to 8pm-ish
Fridays – 6pm to 8pm-ish
Saturdays - 12.30pm to 8pm-ish
Sundays – 12.30pm to 5pm-ish

Please book tables in advance.
[NB: Opening times to be revised after 17th May].

Kitchen Times

Wednesdays - Village Hot Pot
6pm to 8pm-ish
Fridays - Fish & Chips
6pm to 8pm-ish
Saturdays
12.30pm to 2.30pm and 6pm to 8pm
Sundays - Roast Lunch
1pm to 3pm-ish

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Takeaways are still available for all our meals.
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Contact Us

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

Our campsite opens from 19th April 2021.
Self-catering only. Toilet/shower facilities closed.
Facilities permitted to be available from 17th May, subject to Covid-19 requirements and the weather.
Book in advance please.

Camra-Award Camping and Caravan Club