There's something about Colmer's Hill
How can a bunch of trees on a hill be so fascinating and inspire so many local artists and photographers to try to capture its essence?
Is it the shape of the hill? The outline of the trees?
No. It’s a feeling.
A feeling you get as you drive along the A35, or walk down South Street in Bridport and glimpse the Watchman of West Dorset in the distance.
Colmer’s is time. Colmer’s is beauty. Colmer’s is continuity.
Most of all, Colmer’s Hill is home… even if you’re just passing through.
History of Colmer's Hill
The hill originally took its name from 'Colmer Tenement' back in the 17th century. Owned by the Colfox family, it has been part of Symondsbury Estate for over one hundred years and is open to the public with a permissive path up to the top. During the first world war, the woodman to the Colfox family, John Sprake, planted Caledonian Pine on the hill, and more recently, the family have added Monterey Pine which together gives the iconic silhouette so loved by photographers and walkers.
Colmer’s Hill tips and tricks
Colmer’s is at its most beautiful in late Autumn when the bracken on one side changes to gold. The light constantly changes the appearance of the hill and it is often surrounded by an early morning mist.
Walk to the top from Symondsbury (a small village about a mile from Bridport) where you can enjoy views of the coast and villages inland. It can be very windy and much cooler up the top (stating the obvious?!) and there is a trig point up there which is great for gathering around for a photo! It takes about 30 and 40 minutes to walk at a good pace from the car park but the breathtaking views are well worth the hike!
Panoramic vistas out to the sea and the rolling hills of Dorset will greet you at the top and you can take the shorter path back to the estate where you can have a browse in the estate shops and have a bite to eat in the Symondsbury Kitchen. Dogs on leads are welcome.
For art lovers
Local artist Hilary Buckley has produced copious versions of Colmer’s with many available to buy as prints. Our favourite is Art Deco inspired 'Patterns of Colmer’s Hill'
Come and stay in Dorset!
We have a selection of self-catering holiday accommodation from where you can easily visit Colmer's Hill and the Symondsbury Estate. Both the Bridport and Lyme Regis areas to the west of Dorset offer the ideal base to stay and visit not only this enchanting piece of countryside, but also the stunning Jurassic Coast.