Wood Lane - Hinton St Mary


Wood Lane is in the village of Hinton St Mary.   GR 50.93918984628467, -2.316577388351012


1. The Wood Lane stretch is a very quiet and peaceful section of the Stour. Only the LH bank can be accessed from Wood Lane.

Fewer dog walkers will be encountered here during a typical session. Predator fishermen can find perch and pike along the whole stretch, with the wide bend at Dunch Mouth, (where the Divelish stream enters the Stour), providing  particularly good sport for pike.

2. Upstream from the carpark, the river is shallower with a high growth of  weed in the summer months and can be fished right up to Cutt Mill although the final section through the woods has only limited access to the bank. Water depths are around the 6ft mark. Below the woods, (Joyce’s Copse), there are some excellent swims that can be accessed between the bushes or in areas where the reeds have been cut back to allow comfortable access to the water’s edge.

3. Downstream of Dunch Mouth the river becomes more varied with more roach in the deeper swims down towards Twinwood Coppice and chub under the trees on the far bank. Here the river is deeper reaching up to 13ft in some swims. Roach shoals tend to be of a better size in this section with bream often showing in coloured water when the river is fining down following a spate.


Parking & Access

Wood Lane is accessed from the village of Hinton St Mary on the B3092. If travelling from Sturminster Newton take the B3092 at the traffic lights on the outskirts of the town. Proceed along the road for just over a mile. On reaching the village of Hinton St Mary you will find Wood Lane on your left, opposite the road leading to the White Horse. Drive carefully along the lane for about a half  mile and you will find the SHAA car park at the end of the lane. The lane can be very muddy and rutted during the winter months. Drive slowly as the road is unmetalled.

SAT NAV Postcode : DT10 1NB

The parking area is well-defined and has room for about 10 cars.

Always park with consideration of others.

Do Not leave any valuables/fishing tackle on display in your parked car.

Once you have parked, access the river via the nearby gate near the entrance to the parking area and cross the field to the river.


  • Bream
  • Chub
  • Dace
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Roach
  • Rudd
  • Tench