After leaving Yeovil, the line enters the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with Thornford Halt (a request stop) the first station in this lovely part of the countryside. Thornford and Beer Hackett are the two Dorset villages reached from this station, and there is a pleasant, level footway of just under a mile to take you safely into Thornford, with seats along the way to stop and take in the lovely views. There is a good village store, and the cosy King’s Head pub which serves hearty, locally sourced food, has been voted West Dorset Rural Pub of the Year by CAMRA, and welcomes families with its outdoor play area for children.
At the top of the steps from the station, cross the road (with care as there can be fast moving vehicles here) and join the footpath which will take you to the left and then round to the right to join the footway to the village.
A welcoming, attractive village pub run by Leigh and Terri, with real ales and an excellent menu of home cooked food using locally sourced ingredients. It is advisable to book for a meal through the “contact us” section of their website
Friendly village store run by Brian and Sandy. Open from 8.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday (closing at 1.00pm Wednesdays); 8.00am to 2.00pm Saturdays and 9.00am to 11.00am on Sundays.
This special one mile footway connecting the station to the village takes you through a lovely part of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Find it by turning left at the top of the steps from the station to join the the pavement on the opposite side of the road. At the T junction the footpath goes round to the right and then leaves the roadside here.
Seating along the Footway
There are a couple of places to rest and take in the lovely views. This new seat was opened in Spring 2015, a joint project by Thornhackett Parish Council, Castle Gardens and the rail partnership.