North Dorset Trailway extension connects Blandford and Stourpaine

North Dorset Trailway extension The North Dorset Trailway first opened to the public in 2002

Related Stories

A new section of footpath will open later on the site of the former Somerset and Dorset railway line.

The three-mile (5km) stretch of the North Dorset Trailway between Blandford Forum and Stourpaine opens almost 50 years after the railway line closed.

The Somerset and Dorset line linked Bristol with Bournemouth and Christchurch before it closed to passengers in 1966.

The 12-mile (19km) footpath connects Sturminster Newton to Spetisbury.

Plans are under way to extend the footpath a further three miles (5km) north to Stalbridge.

The majority of the £600,000 funding for the new section came from charity Sustrans, which got cash from the Big Lottery Fund and Department for Transport (DfT).

North Dorset District Council, Dorset County Council and the North Dorset Trailway Charity also supported the scheme.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Dorset



7 °C 1 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • The AmericansThe good guys?

    A US TV show examining the Cold War is offering a radical revision of history, writes Eric Kohn


  • A car being driven by Cruise Automation technologyClick Watch

    The tech which could allow any car with an automatic gearbox to become self-driving

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.