Open 10am to 4pm

Safety and wellbeing

There is guidance in place to help you stay safe whilst enjoying your time at Stour Valley.


Due to the nature of our sites and the sensitivity of the wildlife they contain we do ask that visitors respect the bylaws and aim to leave only footprints.

The main bylaws are:

  • No camping
  • No fires
  • No launching, mooring or beaching of any vessels including hovercraft in local nature reserves

The complete list can be found by downloading our PDF


From the Southern bank of the river between Ensbury Bridge (New Road) and the fenced off farmland at Berry Hill is a free stretch to fish during open season. A Fishing Rod Licence is still required (unless exempt). The fine for fishing without this licence is up to £2500.

Licences can be obtained through the Post Office or Environment Agency.

Please fish responsibly, using barbless hooks, landing nets and returning the fish to the water (as soon as possible) unharmed. When leaving ensure all line and tackle has been removed from both the river and banks.

There is a disabled fishing platform situated halfway along the river with wheelchair access from Wimborne Road, BH 7BP and free on-road parking.

What can I catch?

Take a look at our 'A-Z' of the stour valley trail in our exhibition, or click to find out what I might catch.


You can cycle across the site on the designated pathways. This is a shared site so there will be other users around (horse riders, dog walkers, pushchairs, small children, wheelchair & mobility scooters) - please observe the 5mph speed limit.


Stour Valley Nature Reserve is a popular spot for dog walking. We work closely with Dorset Dogs - find out more.

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