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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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15 March, 2013

The Trailway, Stourpaine, Dorset

One of the railway lines closed in the early 1960 period was the Someset and Dorset railway which ran from Bath to Bournemouth through Sturminster Newton and on to Blandford and beyond. The rails were taken up as salvageable material buy the course of the track remained and in recent years has been recovered and improved to make a long distance footpath and cycle route known now as the Trailway. It is till work in progress but there as a substantial amount now accessible and part of that is at Stourpaine.

Mid March in cold weather is possibly not the best time to see it but it has the advantage of being dry, easy walking in pleasant surroundings. Later in the year it will be very good for flowers and insects so another visit to do some further recording will be needed.

I hestitate to recommend pubs as tastes differ but we parked in the White Horse car park at Stourpaine, popped in and booked a table for lunch and then went for our walk before returning to dine. We thought it was a nice pub; good food, reasoanably priced and nice people too.

Find out what were this is and what we saw here:
www.natureofdorset.co.uk/sites/stourpaine-and-trailway