The scenic railway from Bristol to Weymouth

Maiden Newton

Nestling between scenic rolling hills in the Frome valley, there are some wonderful opportunities to explore stunning countryside from the little station at Maiden Newton. The Wessex Ridgeway passes very close to the station, and takes you up into the hills above the village for glorious views over this stunning part of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Beauty.

The station is well situated for a stroll around this friendly village, and the community have created a great map beside the station exit showing all their local amenities. The parish church of St Mary’s is in an enchanting setting, and has a number of fascinating features including a rare doorway surviving from Norman times, and a twelfth century font. There are several shops, including a wonderful hardware store that has a reputation for stocking hard to find essentials, the Chalk and Cheese Pub, and the cosy coffee shop and restaurant, No 64. This is open all day from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday, with great value, individually prepared daily lunch specials from 12.00- 2.00pm. The word has spread about Sylvia and team’s tasty cooking, so it can be a good idea to book if you are planning on lunch (Tel: 01300 320260)

The Village website has a fascinating section on the history of the village, including the story of the station which was once an important hub for milk distribution, and was the junction for a branch line to Bridport. Another special poster at the station created by the local community tells the story of the old Bridport line, which is gradually being transformed into the West Dorset Trailway by Sustrans and Dorset County Council.