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a Picturesque Village in the county of Dorset

About Sydling St Nicholas

This is a particularly scenic village lying deep in a chalk-stream valley between open downs. Every approach to it is beautiful, whether crossing the hills from Cerne Abbas or Maiden Newton, or coming up the waters of the River Cerne between meadows flooded with spring lambs and ponies.

The village sits on the Sydling Water, it has a wealth of ancient properties, some covered with thatch, others of attractive stone or colour-washed. Many of these cottages line the banks of the trickling stream which is covered in parts with pretty connecting bridges. At the centre of the village there is a pleasant 19th-century inn, this is an excellent place to tarry after enjoying a stroll around Sydling's quiet country lanes.

St.Nicholas's Church is the focal point of the village, this was built during the 15th-century and was the subject of much rebuilding in the 18th-century. An unusual feature is the fireplace inside the porch, which prior to to-day's village hall, the church porch was often the place villagers used for church and village meetings. Church treasures include a font thought to be around 1000 years old and a clock of 1593. The church is well worth a visit, its rich interior has many monuments and its tower has gargoyles. It can be found in a peaceful churchyard setting surrounded by old graves and tombstones.

The village has a profusion of landscapes and a rich variety of wildlife, it is a contented, harmonious place with a lovely rarefied atmosphere, hard to find in today's turbulent world and once here it is difficult to believe you are just a few short miles from the bustling town of Dorchester and the lively seaside resort of Weymouth.

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Cerne Abbas

Cerne Abbas (68 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Dorset

(2.2 miles, 3.5 km, direction NE of Sydling St Nicholas)

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Dorchester (86 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of Dorset

(6.4 miles, 10.3 km, direction SE of Sydling St Nicholas)

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Athelhampton House, Dorset

Athelhampton (3 Pictures) in the county of Dorset

(9.2 miles, 14.7 km, direction E of Sydling St Nicholas)

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Cerne Giant in Cerne Abbas, Dorset.

Cerne Abbas Giant (2 Pictures)

(2.8 miles, 4.4 km, direction NE)

This magnificent figure cut into the turf of a chalk hillside is best viewed from the north of the village. He is known as "The.....

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The Nine Stones (1 Pictures)

(6.0 miles, 9.7 km, direction S)


The Keep Military Museum, Dorchester. Dorset

The Keep Military Museum (15 Pictures)

(6.3 miles, 10.1 km, direction SE)

This exciting keep is the home of the Military Museum of Devon and Dorset. Here visitors with a keen interest in all things.....

The Roman Town House, Dorchester, Dorset

Roman Town House (1 Pictures)

(6.3 miles, 10.1 km, direction SE)

The Roman Town House was a discovery of the 1930's. From excavations beneath the ground came a rich feast of Roman history that.....

Maiden Castle, Dorset

Maiden Castle (10 Pictures)

(7.0 miles, 11.2 km, direction S)

The finest Iron Age hillfort in Europe, Maiden Castle is the size of 50 football pitches and was first built in 600BC over the.....

Thomas Hardy's cottage in Higher Bockhampton, Dorset

Hardy's Cottage (4 Pictures)

(7.2 miles, 11.6 km, direction SE)

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Athelhampton House (10 Pictures)

(8.9 miles, 14.3 km, direction E)

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