The old petrol pump situated at the front of the cottage is testament to the days when the cottage next door was the village shop, and the High Street was the main road between Dorchester and Yeovil. The shop is no more and the busy A37 has left Sydling to its residents and visitors who can now enjoy this picturesque village in its peaceful West Dorset valley.
Enjoy strolling through this lovely village, with its quiet lanes and meandering chalk stream. Visit the historic parish church dting back to the 15th century but it stands on the site of at least 2 earlier buildings, dating back to 983. It is thought that Cromwell’s soldiers ravished the stained glass windows, but the clear glass view today through the East window to the Sydling hills is every bit as spectacular. Children will enjoy spotting the grotesque gargoyles, one of which famously featured in the film of Thomas Hardy’s novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles.
A stone’s throw from the cottage is the “Greyhound”, a family-friendly pub with good food and ales. A well equipped children’s play area is also a moment away.
Borrow from the well stocked library of walking books and maps in the cottage; your walk can start at the cottage door for a brisk climb up to the glorious Wessex Ridgeway.