Wimborne Area

Wimborne (more correctly called Wimborne Minster) is a typical country market town. The B3078 runs south from Cranborne to Wimborne - a very pleasant driving road which is rarely busy. There are several small villages off this main road with an interesting variety of bells, and more towers within easy reach of Wimborne itself.

The bells at Witchampton, Hampreston, Gussage All Saints and Gussage St Michael (anti-clockwise ring) have had relatively recent restoration work and are good for ringers of all levels. Wimborne has a set of Gillett and Johnston bells (minor repairs in Spring 2006 and augmented to twelve in 2012). Corfe Mullen's bells have the advantage of being well away from housing so are almost always available to ring.

The villages in this area are attractive for non-ringers, if rather confined. The churches at Wimborne St Giles and Wimborne Minster are particularly interesting. Wimborne has plenty of alternative interests with a wide range of small shops, backstreets and a popular scale model town.

Car and Coach Parking

Wimborne St Giles, Witchampton, Corfe Mullen, Canford Magna and Hampreston have car parking space adjacent to the church. There are plenty of public car parks in Wimborne although spaces can be difficult to find on Summer Saturdays.


The "Horton Inn" (SU17086) is situated on the B3078 and "The Stocks" (SU015023) is not far away. Both are well-known 'eating' pubs. Wimborne has a fair number of pubs and tea-shops, although the tea-shops can be crowded. The Cloisters Cafe (40 East Street) is strongly recommended [2017] although not suitable for large groups.