The River Frome in Dorset rises in Evershot and flows 30 miles eastwards before, like its neighbouring river the Piddle, entering Poole Harbour near Swanage. It is the most westerly of the classic English chalk streams and provides excellent fishing for trout and in the lower reaches, salmon and sea trout.
The upper river fishings, upstream of Dorchester, are wonderful for brown trout. The beat I fish (with variable success) is a couple of miles above this hut, where the fish are as wild as the unkempt banks, wily, and hard won. I have occasionally fished the beats lower downstream, above and below this wonderful hut, where the banks are well tended, though without pretention to the manicured perfection found elsewhere.
The river level changes abruptly at the hut, with a water-level control and an overflow that goes directly under the hut through two entries. Inside the hut, is it slightly strange to watch and hear the water passing underneath. The hut is a simple structure, its historic beams and brickwork more or less original.
The pastoral setting makes this stretch of the Frome a most pleasant place to be for a day. And if it the weather becomes adverse, there’s a simple and most attractive shelter from the elements.
4 thoughts on “A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT… A HUT ON THE FROME”
Lovely pictures, I plan to walk and photograph the Frome Valley over the next year and would be very grateful if you could send me the location of the hut.👍
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Thanks André. A very fine hut, unlike any others I’ve come across. It’s on the Wrackleford Estate. I’m not sure what the public access is unless you are fishing (I fish on other Frome beats). It sounds a really nice project. I recently read ‘River Frome: Source to Sea’ (Steve Wallis), which is very good on the history. I hope you are going to write up your walk!
The roof is lovely. I assume the landowners have done the maintenance? Would be a wonderful rest stop on a day’s outing. Perhaps I should plan a trip across the pond…
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It is thankfully well looked after as part of a fishing lodge. I’ll be there in a couple of weeks!