Welcome to Bourton, Dorset

A community website to provide information about the village.

The northernmost point in the English county of Dorset, Bourton is a vibrant village adjoining an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the borders of Wiltshire and Somerset.

The village lies on the River Stour which passes through the historic Bourton Mill, once the home of one of the largest water wheels in Britain, standing at 18.2 metres it may well have been the biggest in England at the time it was built (1837).

St George’s Church, which stands on one of the highest points in the village, was built via public subscription in 1810. The C of E primary school of the same name is located next to the Church.

There is a village store including a Post Office, a petrol station and a pub. The White Lion pub stands on High St, which was once the main London to Exeter road. The village was bypassed to the south in 1992.

As well as the beautiful Bullpits golf course and the RHS listed Chiffchaffs garden to enjoy there is a network of great footpaths to explore including the Stour Valley Way which leads to the Stourhead estate just up the valley.