Escape for a Dorset break!
Why not start the year as you mean to go on? Spending some quality time down by the coast really refreshes the parts other holidays don’t reach. A Dorset break is what the doctor might order – especially after the excess of Christmas and New Year. A walk along some of the beautiful South West Coast Path with a stiff wind blowing gets rid of all the cobwebs and clears the airways and mind and will surely prepare you for the year ahead.
The months of January and February are the time of year when many people are planning their summer holiday, so why not try before you plan? Grab a Dorset break and see what you can enjoy when the warmth of summer arrives.
A jolly jaunt for your Dorset break
There are many fabulous walks which have a circular route and no doubt can start and finish at a marvellous country pub, where one can grab a bowl of super warming soup or other refreshments.
One of my personal favourite walks (albeit a short one, but serves to build up an appetite and thirst) at this time of year starts in the village of Puncknowle (pronounced “punnel”) and routes toward the coast up to the Knoll and then back in to the village via the Withy Beds. This is where Willow trees (Withy) were grown for their long, tough, flexible branches. These were once used for weaving baskets and lobster pots. The village is just inland from the coast road and is about halfway between Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury.
Park on the village lane outside the church (opposite the pub!) and walk about 100 yards to the West along the village lane then turn left up the footpath towards Knackers Hole. Keep following the path until you meet a single track road and turn right towards the sea.
After about 1/4 mile there is a footpath sign which will take you up to The Knoll. This recently starred as a hideaway in the second series of Broadchurch! From here, retrace your route back to the road, go straight across and down the footpath taking the first left, down the hill past the old Withy Beds. Follow the path and come out at the bottom of Clay Lane head back to The Crown Inn.
Here you will be able to enjoy a warm welcome and some wonderful refreshment.