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Go Canoeing Guided Tour - Sturminster via Hinton St Mary

River Stour Safaris, Sturminster Newton

Run by: Go Canoeing

Tours of the beautiful River Stour in North Dorset.


Suitable for 7+

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  • Disabled toilets not available at this location
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  • Baby changing not available at this location
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Starting from the Recreation Ground in Sturminster Newton this out-and-back 2 hour tour takes the paddler upstream as far as Cutt Mill at Hinton St Mary (approx. 3.5 miles in total).

There are various points of interest including the author Thomas Hardy's house where he penned the novel ‘Return Of The Native'; Colber Bridge, a 100 year old iron footbridge with historical links to an Iron Age settlement; the disused Somerset and Dorset railway which crossed the river en route from Sturminster Newton to Blandford and then continued on to Bath.


Activities are not organised by the BBC unless stated otherwise. Neither is the BBC responsible for the accuracy of the information provided. If you are under 18, ask your parent/guardian before taking part in any activity.

Other Dates

This activity also runs on these dates:

  1. Sat 30 Aug 10:00–12:00
  2. Sat 6 Sep 10:00–12:00
  3. Sat 13 Sep 10:00–12:00
  4. Sat 20 Sep 10:00–12:00
  5. Sat 27 Sep 10:00–12:00
  6. Sat 4 Oct 10:00–12:00
  7. Sat 11 Oct 10:00–12:00
  8. Sat 18 Oct 10:00–12:00
  9. Sat 25 Oct 10:00–12:00


Groups of two to four adults £30.00.
Children £5.00.
Groups of five to eight adults £25.00, children £5.00
(Child = 14 years and under).

Skill Level

  1. Beginner
  2. Intermediate
  3. Advanced

Special requirements

Maximum group size of eight. Minimum age eight years (or call for advice on taking younger children).

Public toilet available in recreation ground car park. Free parking. No changing facilities. Two to three minute walk from car park to river.


Go Canoeing is a Canoe England Olympic Legacy project. To find out more about Go Canoeing please visit


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River Stour Safaris

Recreation Ground Car Park, Ricketts Lane, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1BY

Meeting point: Sturminster Newton - park in the recreation ground car park at the end of Ricketts Lane (see map on our website) and walk to far left corner of the playing field. Go through the gate into the Mill.


This activity is organised and run by Go Canoeing.

Please register in advance.

Please make all bookings through River Stour Safaris either by phone or email, 07970 568642 or

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