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Walking in Wonderful West Dorset

I’d much rather be walking than blogging. Walking is my favourite pastime, besides eating and talking!

I walk every day, twice most days. It’s the very best exercise plus having the feel good factor. I can plan my whole day during my morning walk, great ideas come into my head as I tread slowly uphill (it never gets any easier) and across Eype Down towards to sea. I make a mental list to remember to complete a job I started, I tie a knot in my mind to remember to ring a friend to see how they are, and jot an invisible note to add something to my shopping list! It’s very healthy, walking, whatever the weather.

We’re blessed in West Dorset with glorious views and wonderful walking .. and its free!

Today’s walk is below but do pop back throughout June to join me on some of my other favourite walks:

Iron Age Forts, Eggardon , near Askerswell

eggardon hill, dorset wikimapia.orgThis is one of my special places….. Eggardon Hill. It is an iron-age hillfort which, has, believe me, one of the finest views of any hill-fort in the county. It’s not far from Bridport, about 4 miles, and has the advantage that you’re able to drive to the very top of the hill.

I always suggest this walk to my guests that aren’t walkers because they can enjoy glorious views without the climb and the bonus is the nearby pub! I can happily recommend a visit to see the friendly landlord, Tim, at The Spyway Inn,  and enjoy the excellent food served .. but save it until after your walk round the top of Eggardon Fort!

I often travel across Eggardon to see my daughter who farms in a lovely valley near West Compton and the drive back to Bridport in the evening sun is magical – huge far reaching views of the Dorset countryside stretching to the sea in Lyme Bay all the way to South Devon and Start Point. Sometimes you just have to stop and admire and drink in the sunset.

Join me for another special walk in the next few days, so do pop back!

Pauline Bale, Highway Farm, Owner of  1 of our 12 Countryside and Coastal accommodation places.

Our favourite local walk


We are always being asked by guests what ‘our favourite local walk is’?  This is tricky, as there are endless stunning walks around Chideock.   We’d say our favourite local walk has to be from Chideock to Burton Bradstock.   We walk to Seatown beach via the bridleway and head up the hills heading east.  Sometimes we stop in the Anchor Inn  at Seatown for a coffee before we start!   It’s a hilly climb to get to the Thorncombe Beacon but well worth the effort.

Seatown Beach

Beautiful Seatown Beach

The views from the beacon are fabulous.  On a clear day you can see Portland to the east and Brixham to the west.  Once you are at the beacon, you will see signs leading you inland to ‘Downhouse Farm Café’.  It’s an extra 10 minutes walk to get there! But trust me, you won’t be disappointed.   The menu has lots of tempting lunch dishes.  Mouthwatering cakes for afternnon tea!  The cafe pride themselves on ‘homemade’ with locally sourced ingredients.  From the Thorncombe Beacon you head down to Eype and on to West Bay.

West Bay

West Bay the beautiful East Cliff

We love West Bay.   It’s known as the Bridport Harbour and in recent times has been named ‘Broadchurch’.  After the recent filming of the Broadchurch series.  If you like fish & chips on the beach, you’ll be spoilt for choice.   There are lots of huts selling fish & chips.  Our favourite is Rachels, which is a black and white hut on the side of the harbour facing out to sea.  Rachels serves the best seafood chowder Dorset has to offer, we think!

However, most of the time we prefer to continue our walk to Burton Bradstock.    There we treat ourselves to lunch at the Hive Beach Café,   The cafe is set on the beach and offers a varied menu with lots of choice of fresh local fish dishes.

This walk has the most amazing views of the amazing Jurassic Coast.  It usually takes us about 2.5 hours.

Blog added by Jane Warren House Bed & Breakfast Chideock.