South Dorset Ridgeway Walk
What a fabulous day I had yesterday taking a walk along the South Dorset Ridgeway! I was lucky enough to be able to join up with dear friends and their lovely tail wagging dog Maisy, while on their short September break away, staying at a lovely cottage from the Dorset Coastal Cottages portfolio – Lerrett Cottage in Burton Bradstock.
After meeting up in the picturesque and monastic village of Abbotsbury, we ventured off with our dogs to walk along The South Dorset Ridgeway. After a relatively short climb up to the ridge, we were blown away by the stunning views out across The Jurassic Coast. The walk then took us along to The Abbotsbury Castle, an Iron Age Hillfort, before descending back down along the path following the parish boundary and along the coast, passing close to St Catherine’s Chapel and back into the village where we had started.
This was a circular walk of 5 miles (8.25km) and at a leisurely to moderate pace (as there was lots of chatting and stopping to admire the views, not to mention taking lots of photos!) it took us around 2.5 – 3 hrs.
Time For Lunch
A perfectly timed walk to then stop for a well- earned lunch! We stopped at The Old School House Tea Rooms and Tea Gardens, as we thought that it would be ideal with our dogs in tow! What a suntrap this turned out to be! We were very happy relaxing in the sunshine with a cold presse in our hand waiting for our very delicious crab sandwiches and ploughmans to arrive. With a little more time on our hands we then had a fresh coffee and a naughty piece of cake before I then had to make my way back to the car to drive 45mins home in time to pick up the children from school. While my friends however, used their time wisely to go and have a good look at St Catherine’s Chapel before heading back to their cosy Dorset Coastal Cottage.
Great day! Super company! Excellent walk! Delicious lunch! I reckon that there was a lot to be happy about!