Exploring

On Holiday

There’s plenty to see and do in the region… from abbeys & castles, exploring Hardy Country, to keeping fit on the local walks, trails and cycle tracks, fossil-hunting – or relaxing on the beach.

Our private ‘CS hideaway’ camping and caravan site is nestled in a small level field to the rear of the pub and is open from the 14th April 2021.


  • 'Hardy Country'

    'Hardy Country'

    Author Thomas Hardy once visited The Trooper Inn, while doing background research for his books - at the time, he was living in Sturminster Newton by the River Stour.
    Hardy was born in 1840, at Higher Bockhampton near Dorchester. The cottage can still be seen, on walking through the ancient Thorncombe Woods towards the area Hardy called 'Egdon Heath'.
  • Walkers and Cyclists

    Walkers and Cyclists

    The North Dorset Trailway extends from Sturminster Newton to Spetisbury, taking you past the ancient hill fort of Hambledon Hill. On the spur of nearby Bulbarrow Hill is another hill fort. From the the sweeping downland of Cranborne Chase and the Dorset Downs and the pretty valley of the meandering River Stour, there are miles of footpaths through varied scenery.
  • Abbeys, Museums and Castles

    Abbeys, Museums and Castles

    Sherborne has a superb abbey, almshouse and two castles. Shaftsbury museum brings to life the story of Saxon England’s foremost Benedictine nunnery. A little further is the spectacular Old Wadour Castle, on a wooded hill with a beautiful lake. By the sea, on the Isle of Purbeck, there is the popular Corfe Castle.
  • Beautiful Beaches

    Beautiful Beaches

    The beautiful Dorset beaches of the Jurassic Coast are within easy reach by car. From the sandy and child-friendly beach at bustling Lyme Regis, to the long and unique Chesil Beach, the quiet Ringstead Bay and the dramatic rock formations at Lulworth Cove.
  • Cliffs and Fossils

    Cliffs and Fossils

    The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site.
    The dramatic coastline consists of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous cliffs, documenting 180 million years of geological history and is of great interest to fossil hunters.
  • Tolpuddle Martyrs

    Tolpuddle Martyrs

    In the 1830s life in many of the Dorset villages was hard and getting worse. In 1834, farm workers from Tolpuddle formed a trade union. Six leaders of the union were sentenced to seven years’ transportation to Australia, for taking an oath of secrecy. A massive protest swept across the country. You can learn more at the Tolpuddle Martyrs museum.
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Opening Hours

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

Kitchen Times

Wednesdays - Village Hot Pot
6pm to 8pm-ish
Fridays - Fish & Chips
6pm to 8pm-ish
Saturdays - Burger Day
12.30pm to 2.30pm and 6pm to 8pm
Sundays - Roast Lunch
1pm to 4pm-ish

Contact Us

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

Our campsite is open.
Subject to Covid-19 requirements and the weather.
Book in advance please.

Camra-Award Camping and Caravan Club