Dorset Coastal Walk #6 – Fleet and Langton Herring

The walk is well signposted.

The walk is well signposted.

Walk #6 Essentials

Time: 31/2 hours

Distance: 4 3/4 miles (6.75km)

Type: Easy. Ascending lane out of Fleet, easy descent to Fleet’s Coast Path, then mostly level.

Dogs: Good (on leads on fields with livestock and on roads)

Start/Finish: Holy Trinity Church in Fleet (Grid Ref: SY634805)

Map: OS Landranger Sheet 194

Refreshments: The Elm Tree Inn in Langton Herring (dog friendly) and the Victoria Inn in Chickerell are great options for home-cooked food.


The Old Parish Church in Fleet

The Old Parish Church in Fleet

The Walk

Printable, step by step instructions for the walk can be found here. The walk starts and finishes in the village of Fleet. From the B3157 in Chickerell take the ‘FLEET 1/4’ turning. Park at Holy Trinity Church in the designated area. Don’t forget to put a donation in the box!

 


 

The Fleet Lagoon

The Fleet Lagoon

Highlights

The Fleet

This striking, 8 mile shingle beach protects a shallow lagoon (known as The Fleet) from the ravages of the sea creating a truly beautiful and peaceful place to walk and enjoy an abundance of wildlife. The waters of the Fleet are tidal, being filled and partially emptied twice each day by the sea, making the water brackish. While the Fleet is most famous as the home of a very large mute swan colony, which can be visited at the Abbotsbury Swannery, it is also a great place to come and see Dark Bellied Brent Geese, Common Greenshank, Little Egrets, Common Pochard, Red-breasted Merganser and Common Coot. The Fleet also supports substantial populations of fish,including bass and eels. No fishing is allowed and most boats are banned unless you have a licence. Swimming is not recommended!

 


 

View across the fleet to Moonfleet Manor

View across the fleet to Moonfleet Manor

 

The Village

Made famous by J. Meade Faulkner’s smuggling novel Moonfleet published in 1898, the village of Moonfleet lies close to the lagoon of the same name and is especially picturesque. In 1824, parts of the village and most of the Old Fleet Church were destroyed by a huge storm. What was left of the church remains standing today, tiny but pretty, with a few gravestones in the churchyard. There are a number of accommodation options in the area including the Georgian manor house that is Moonfleet Manor Hotel (also great for meals and activities), and our own Greystones and Moonfleet.