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
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.
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.