Springhead – a rural centre for creative and sustainable living

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  Bank Holiday Monday 27 August, Open Garden, 10-5, café serving refreshments and light lunches. Admission £3.50, under 16 and Friends of Springhead free. Dogs on leads welcome and assisted … Read more


Springhead is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a grant under the LEADER funding body. Upon the death of Rosalind Richards – daughter of Rolf Gardiner and life … Read more

Activities & Attractions

contentimg_adultattractions01Located on North Dorset Cycleway and Hardy’s Trail in the picturesque village of Fontmell Magna, approximately 4 miles from the ancient hilltop town of Shaftesbury, Springhead is perfectly situated for cycling, walking and as a centre from which to sightsee local attractions such as Shaftesbury Abbey and Gold Hill, the National Trust’s Fontmell and Melbury Downs and Compton Abbas Airfield. Plus, within easy driving distance are The Ancient Technology Centre at Cranborne; Stonehenge; Corfe Castle and Lulworth Cove; the National Trust’s Stourhead and Kingston Lacy’s estates and the magnificent Dorset Jurassic coastline.

Local Walks

To Melbury Downs:
(6 miles) – A linear walk along the quiet sheltered valley at the base of Melbury Down. In summer there is an abundance of wild flowers and butterflies. A Bronze age burial mound and field system are also visible.

To Melbury Beacon:
(3 miles) – Walk on open downland offering spectacular views of the surrounding plains. The beacon was erected on the hilltop in 1588 to warn of the invading Spanish Armada.

To Fontmell Down:
(2 miles) – Walk provides a great variety of wildlife and stunning views over the Blackmore Vale.

Local Cycle Trails

Wessex Ridgeway
This 63 mile route, from Lyme Regis to Ashmore, is being developed into a high quality, multi-use recreational trail suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and, where feasible, for people with disabilities.

North Dorset Cycleway
This 73 mile route, takes you on quiet lanes, passing through part of Thomas Hardy’s favourite countryside, which was the inspiration for many of the settings in his novels.

contentimg_adultattractions02Fontmell Magna Village

Fontmell Magna itself is a picturesque village with houses and cottages in greensand, brick and timber-framing, some thatched and some dating back to the 17th century. It has a beautiful church which was rebuilt in 1862 (the lower part of the tower dates from the original medieval church); a post office / shop /tea room offering local produce: cakes, pastisserie, savouries, artisan breads, chocolates and fine wines, as well as a new pub/restaurant, the Fontmell (opening October 2011), where guests can enjoy local village hospitality.