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Things to do in Piddlehinton, Dorset

Nestled in the much admired Piddle Valley and in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, lies the small, picturesque village of Piddlehinton.

Piddlehinton Village © Helen Frost
Piddlehinton Village © Helen Frost


With records going back to 1068, this charming village (originally named Hynepiddle, and later being known as Honey Puddle) is a gem.

In the heart of this pretty village, with its many flint stoned and thatched houses, sits the church of St Mary the Virgin.

The Thimble Inn, Piddlehinton © Helen Frost
The Thimble Inn © Helen Frost

Dating back to the 13th century, this beautiful and historic building still boasts one of the original stone arches from circa 1295, and a coffin lid dating from the early 14th century indicates that it may have been used as a place of worship for the last 500 years!

Piddlehinton Countryside © Helen Frost
Piddlehinton Countryside © Helen Frost

The whole area is surrounded by miles of uninterrupted bridle paths and public walkways, making it a favourite of walkers and ramblers from all over the world.

One of the most unique aspects of the village is its Millennium Green.

Rectory Road, Piddlehinton © Helen Frost
Rectory Road © Helen Frost

One of only about 250 "Greens" created to mark the turn of the 21st century, this peaceful spot to the south west of the village is where families and walkers can gather either for a BBQ, a play on the wonderful wooden climbing structure, an adventure through the willow "dragon" or just sit and have a quiet read by the clear, running River Piddle.

On the walk from Piddlehinton to White Lackington © Helen Frost
On the walk from Piddlehinton to White Lackington © Helen Frost


It is also an ideal place for some nature spotting, with a feast of bird and plant life.

A Millennium oak tree has also been planted there, so each year visitors can mark its marvellous growth.

 St Mary the Virgin © Helen Frost
St Mary the Virgin © Helen Frost

From there, it is only a short stroll to the village pub, The Thimble Inn, where visitors and locals can enjoy a friendly drink and a meal either in the gardens (weather permitting) or gathered around the open fire inside.

Piddlehinton is, in short, one of Dorset's best kept secrets.

Description by Claire Hudson

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