Dorset Coastal Walks #1 – Burton Bradstock

Cliffs at Burton Bradstock

Burton Bradstock cliffs

If you visit Dorset you’re pretty much guaranteed to find yourself going on a walk (willingly or not!) To help you out we’ve decided to post a series of blogs featuring our favourite coastal walks, starting with the ever popular Burton Bradstock. Please note: “I forgot my wellies” isn’t an excuse!

Walk essentials

DISTANCE: 1 MILE
TIME: 30–40 MINUTES
TYPE: STEEP AND ROCKY WITH BEAUTIFUL VIEWS
START/FINISH: HIVE BEACH CAFE CAR PARK

Directions and information

Start & Finish at Hive Beach Cafe

Start & finish at Hive Beach Cafe

Visit The National Trust for a step by step route marked on an OS map (or you’ll need OS Landranger Map194). But don’t worry, if you prefer freestyle you can’t really go wrong. Drive through the village of Burton Bradstock and park at the Hive Beach car park. From the beach, follow the path and steps (and people most days!) that lead up to Burton Cliff, stay on the SW Coast Path until you come to a stile on the right, go over and the path will be well marked from there. Easy!

The car park is free between October and March and pay and display in the summer months (free to National Trust Members).

Okay for dogs but the path does run close to the cliff edge and keep an eye out for livestock in some of the fields you pass through.

Stroll Through Picturesque Burton Bradstock

Stroll through picturesque Burton Bradstock

Best bits

Hive Beach Cafe The walk starts and finishes in the adjoining car park. Locals tend to walk their dog then stop for breakfast afterwards. The cafe is dog friendly and the breakfast is very popular. So popular you should prepare for a bit of a wait for a table for weekend breakfast in the summer months. If you don’t want breakfast, there is a fabulous selection of fresh fish available throughout the day.

Enjoy Panoramic Views from the top of Burton Cliff – pack your camera!

Take The Village Detour – The beautiful village of Burton Bradstock has an excellent pub (The Anchor Inn’s speciality is fresh seafood), a shop and post office.

Like the sound of this walk? Browse our cottages in Burton Bradstock.