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Where in Dorset? May 2014 competition

PUBLISHED: 12:56 30 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:56 30 April 2014


Martin Warwick explores a sunny valley where the thwack of leather on willow is often heard

Dorset author Harry Ashley described this month’s village as ‘a sanctuary in any season because of its beauty and tranquility’. He adds: ‘Down a little path to the churchyard, where the church is almost hidden by beech trees, you are serenaded by the waters of the river’. Along this path there’s a row of thatched stone cottages with diamond-patterned windows; these estate cottages have gardens filled with flowers.

Beyond the church, there’s a fine house in landscaped grounds featuring a placid lake created by damming the river, and a stone bridge above the waterfall.

From the road above the church and the large village green, there are lovely views along the valley to the sea, especially from West Lodge with its red door and brace of stone pillars, and from the nearby hexagonal shelter.

This elegant shelter was given to the village in 1933 and bears the inscription ‘A pavilion for a shadow in the daytime from the heat and for a refuge and cover from storm and rain’.

Talking of pavilions, below the hill where the road comes down into the village, a side lane leads to the cricket ground in a sunny bowl at the head of the valley. The pavilion itself is topped by a very apt weathervane of a batsman.


Send your answers to: Where in Dorset? (May), Dorset Magazine, Archant House, Babbage Road, Totnes, TQ9 5JA or enter via email The first correct answer selected at random on 30 May 2014 wins £25. March’s mystery place was Hermitage and the winner is Deidre Palmer from Weymouth.

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