Dorset Coastal Walk #5 – West Bay and Shipton Gorge

West Bay Harbour

West Bay Harbour

Dorset Coastal Walk #5

Time: 4 and 1/2 hours

Distance: 7 miles (11.25km)

Type: Not too strenuous if you take your time on the ascent out of Bothenhampton. Ridge walks are easy.

Dogs: Good. On leads in fields (there are lots of sheep and lambs around) and on roads.

Start/Finish: West Bay car park, West Bay Road. (Grid Ref: SY465905)

Map: OS Landranger Sheet 193

Public Transport: First Jurassic Coast Line X53 and 253

Refreshments: A wide selection of cafes in West Bay including Ellipse and Watch House Cafe. Plenty of fish and chips kiosks around the harbour or …

The New Inn Shipton Gorge

The New Inn Shipton Gorge

try a pub meal at West Bay Inn or The New Inn, Shipton Gorge. 


Bridport: A delightful market town with an exciting range of independent shops, cafe’s, and a wide range of fresh, local produce to try and buy. Wednesdays and Saturdays are market days.

The Views! Make sure you take your camera; the views are breathaking! On a clear day, returning along the second ridge, you will be able to soak up wonderful coastal views over Lyme Bay to Devon.



View to the iconic Colmer's Hill

View to the iconic Colmer’s Hill

Shipton Gorge:  Less well-known than other parts of West Dorset, Shipton Gorge is a pleasant, quiet village with a wonderful pub managed and run by the local community. The historic building dates back to the nineteenth century when it was originally built as a stables and the devoted local community have made the pub the perfect place to stop for refreshments and food whilst navigating the lovely countryside.

More Info

Printable, step by step instructions for the walk. The walk starts and finishes in West Bay where you can park all day for £2. Find out more info on the West Bay area.