Local Area Information

Tarrant Rushton

Tarrant Rushton is a small village in North Dorset a few miles from Blandford Forum, noted for its Georgian architecture. The mid-12th century church of St Mary's is just down the lane. This is a conservation area where you will feel like you are going into the past, rich in wildlife and natural beauty, a place you can really relax and be for a while with nature. The village is one of a number of villages in the area which are named after the Tarrant stream that runs through the village.
More information about the village can be found on this link: Tarrant Files

Getting around

For walkers it is not far to travel to walk the Jurassic coast, or visit the abandoned village of Tyneham and nearby Wolbarrow Bay. Or it is a short drive to Poole or Bournemouth if you are interested in the activities there.

From the cottage you can walk out into the countryside and do anything from 3 to 15 mile walks with barely a road to cross, either over undulating farmland on good chalk paths or across to Badbury Rings, an imposing iron age fort. You need a car around here, but the local pub is a mile away and it is possible to walk a short way along the road then cross the splash across the river Tarrant to get back to the village if you don't want to drive.

Local attractions

Local Dining (recommended)

Local Take Aways (recommended)

Local Farm Shops & Cafés

  • Tarrant Rawston Farm Shop, just next door, provide locally produced top quality beef as well as other local produce
  • High Lea Butchers, no website (hyperlink takes you to Google maps as they have no website), 10 minutes drive, farm produced meat, fruit and local veg
  • Pamphill Dairy Farm Shop, near Wimborne, great well stocked shop, outdoor (and indoor) cafe serving home made cakes, play area for children, nice place for tea and cake!
  • Myncen Farm Cider Shop, just up the valley, home of Cranborne Chase Cider, and where I keep some of my beehives
  • Tarrant Gunville Home Farm Shop, nice place for an outdoor lunch, with goats and chickens for your entertainment


Local Supermarkets

The following supermarkets are in Blandford Forum, and can be found on Google Maps:

  • Tesco
  • Marks & Spencers
  • Lidl
  • Morrisons