Walking in and around Bridport

The Bridport area is is ideal for walking criss crossed with many footpaths and trails that are there for all to enjoy and explore the wonders of the Dorset Countryside. Historical and literary links abound in this region with The Monarchs Way – used by Charles II as an escape route and The Hardy Trail to name but two……

South West Coast Path: 9.3 miles from Seatown to Abbotsbury

The path between Seatown and Burton Bradstock has some steep climbs and passes beaches at Eype and West Bay before becoming more level at Hive Beach in Burton Bradstock. Here you start to follow the long sweep of pebbles known as Chesil Beach. This is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and is best seen in spring and summer for the colourful flowers.

The hundreds of mute swans of Abbotsbury Swannery are a sight to behold at the end of this section of the path and the village of Abbotsbury is great point to enjoy a relaxing drink.

Monarch’s Way: 50 mile section from Charmouth to Yeovil

Follow in the footsteps of King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester. This section starts at Charmouth and returns to the Somerset border via Bridport, the Marshwood Vale and Yeovil.

Wessex Ridgeway: 13 mile section from Lower Kingcombe to Pilsdon Pen

Starting at the 437 acre Dorset Wildlife Nature Reserve with wonderful wild flowers and butterflies. On the ridge you pass the masts that supply the BBC World Service and then drop down to Beaminster. The climb back up through Pucketts Wood and pass the Iron Age Hill Fort at Waddon Hill. Pass through the villages of Stoke Abbot and Broadwindsor before climbing Lewesdon Hill the highest point in Dorset at 915 feet. Before dropping to the hill fort at Pilsdon Pen. 

Jubilee Trail: 10 mile section from Wynford Eagle to Pilsdon Pen

The trail is a long distance footpath to celebrate the Rambler’s Association 60th Anniversary in 1995. It runs right across the county of Dorset from Somerset to Hampshire. The trail tends to avoid popular paths and seeks out quiet villages with views of rolling hills and secret valleys.

Macmillan Way: 33 mile section for Sherborne to Abbotsbury

The Macmillan Ways are a series of interlinked Coast to Coast paths that link the coastlines of England all with a single objective: to raise funds and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support. The main route runs from Boston in South Yorkshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset.

The Hardy Trail: 20 miles from Beaminster to Portesham

Discover Thomas Hardy’s Wessex start at “Emminster” from Tess of the d’Urbervilles then down the River Brit to “Port Bredy” and then along the coast to “Pos’ham” from the Trumpet Major.

For additional strolls and walks simply visit these great websites to enhance your exploration and you will be able to plan additional routes for your stay in Dorset:

I Coast, Walking in Dorset, Walking in Britain, Jurassic Jaunts, Walks 4 Softies and Treasure Trails

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