B is for………

B is for………

Colmers Hill

The Iconic Colmers Hill which stands overlooking Bridport


B is for BEAMINSTER.  A pretty litttle market town centred round the
Market Square.  Quaint little shops and eateries.  The church is rather
unusual in that it’s tower is elaborately decorated with friezes,
pinnacles and an array of sculptured figures.
BROADWINDSOR.  Well worth a visit to the Craft Centre – ideal for a dull
day, plus a very nice restaurant.
BRIDPORT was famous for its hemp and flax producing a thriving rope and
sailcloth industry.  Lee Lane a small road off the Dorchester Road was
where King Charles II was reputed to have hidden from the Roundheads in
1651 – there is a stone monument to commemorate it.  Today Bridport has
many fine eateries and also a busy entertainment programme – something
for all.  There are open markets on a Wednesday and Saturday in the
mornings.  The Farmers Market is once a month.  There are pleasant walks
from the town along the river to West Bay, famous for its huge sandstone
BURTON BRADSTOCK is about two and a half miles east of Bridport, and is
well worth a walk round.  It has 2 really good pubs plus the Hive Beach
Cafe.  The Sandstone Cliffs above the Chesil Beach are very attractive.

Moore’s Biscuits!

Family run Moore’s Biscuit makers established in 1880 in Bridport
Moore’s Biscuits were established in 1880 and are one of Britain’s longest established biscuit makers . They are still a family owned business located in Bridport with a craft shop and gallery in Morcombelake on the A35.   Moore’s make sweet biscuits ,  granola and the famous savoury  Dorset Knob. The craft shop sells not only biscuits but fresh bread and cakes and is open Monday to Saturday and bank holidays . 

Moore's Biscuit



A is for Abbotsbury.
As you drive towards this pretty village you will see St Catherine’s Chapel on the hill.   It is built entirely of stone, even the roof!  There are heavy stone buttresses to support the 4ft (1.2mtrs) thick walls.   It’s roof is barrel vaulted.   Abbotsbury Swannery, started by monks in the 14th century, is worth a visit.   It is to the west end of the Fleet.   The Fleet is the back water behind part of Chesil beach.   At the swannnery approx. 600 swans reside.  After Easter signs will go up to advertise “baby swans” in case we don’t know what a cygnet is!

A is for Abbotsbury

Abbotsbury swannery is a perfect place to visit.


Abbotsbury garden is a sub-tropical garden and is protected by the prevailing winds by trees and it’s position.   The azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons are beautiful in the season and not to be missed.

Finally, the village itself, tea rooms and quaintness.  Little remains of the monastery except for the huge Tythe Barn.  In St Nicholas Church there are shot holes in the pulpit – said to have been the result of the civil war.

Posted by Jane at New House Farm


Fond Memories of Cerne Abbas and The Naked Giant

Cerne Abbas Giant

Cerne Abbas Giant

I drive past this great, naked giant every week as I visit my mum.  He is carved into the chalk hillside above the village of Cerne Abbas.  No one knows his origin – it is possible that he dates from the Roman period – but whatever he is worth a visit, and so is Cerne Abbas.

The National Trust has the management of the Giant, and he desperately needs some attention before his left arm disappears completely.   A Benedictine monastery was founded here – the remains of the great abbey buildings can still be seen behind Abbey Farm.  St Augustine’s well is in the churchyard, and believed to have healing qualities.  The village still has stocks outside the church.

Cerne is one of the prettiest villages in the county of Dorset. The village is quaint with many thatched properties.  There are a couple of excellent pubs serving locally sourced, home cooked meals.

When I was a child I frequently stayed with a school friend and helped do the milk round.  They had a small herd of guernsey cattle. It was just idyllic – happy memories. Just beyond Cerne is Mintern Magna which offers some lovely gardens to walk round.

Cerne Abbas Village

The beautiful village of Cerne Abbas

Posted by Jane Greening, owner of New House Farm and Mangerton Lake


A Wander Around West Dorset

Jane Greening, Countryside and Coastal owner at New House Farm (with the beautiful Mangerton Fishing Lake) would like to share some ideas that she regularly gives visitors when they come to stay.

Firstly, DORCHESTER. The County Town of Dorset, and birth place of Thomas Hardy – and we are celebrating his birthday this month. There is a lot to see and do here. It is a Roman town, and there are delightful Walks – which follow the old Roman walls. These are traffic free and tree lined. Also, behind County Hall there are the remains of a Roman town house, showing underfloor hot-air ducts, mosaics and a bathroom – they were so sophisticated! To the south of the town there is Maumbury Rings, a Neolithic henge monument, which was used by the Romans as an amphitheatre. Sometimes plays are hosted there today. Dorchester also witnessed the “Bloody Assize”, following the Duke of Monmouth’s Rebellion and the Battle of Sedgemoor. 340 prisoners were tried for treasonable sedition, 74 were hanged, drawn and quartered. 175 had their death sentences commuted to transportation and the rest were imprisoned or released. Enough of history – today the high street is flanked by grey buildings – Portland Stone. There are shops in South Street and the new Poundbury Village – Prince Charles’ dream. All in all – worth a visit.

WeymouthSecondly, WEYMOUTH. The beach is very attractive – and very safe, including lovely sand sculptures. Weymouth is a typical seaside town, with Georgian-fronted houses and hotels along the Esplanade. The old harbour is full of fishing boats, yachts and sometimes a tall ship. There are 2 locations for bird watchers – Lodmoor and Radipole Lake. There is also the Sealife Centre – perfect for a wet day!

Sherborne AbbeyFinally, SHERBORNE Not only a lovely abbey – but 2 castles! Sherborne’s castles comprise one built in the 12th century and then Sir Walter Raliegh’s edition in the late 1500s. The abbey is very beautiful with the fan vaulting of the nave and choir. There are 2 reredos, the one in the Lady Chapel was designed by Laurence Whistler and fashioned in glass.

jurassic electric bike tours

Jurassic Electric Bike Tours in Dorset

jurassic electric bike toursOne of the best ways to explore the spectacular West Dorset countryside is by electric bike and Jurassic Electric Bike Tours have a selection of guided tours to help you discover this beautiful area. “Our amazing bikes enable everyone, regardless of level of cycling ability or fitness, to enjoy this beautiful, if slightly hilly, part of the country..”

For more information about their guided tours, see Jurassic Electric Bike Tours’ Website

furleigh estate vineyard

Dorset Furleigh Estate Vineyard

furleigh estate vineyardFurleigh Estate, situated just a stone’s throw from Parnham Farm, is a local vineyard producing award-winning still and sparking wines. Many local restaurants offer their wines, including Hix at Lyme, The Olive Tree in Bridport and The Anchor at Seatown.

The Countryside and Coastal group recently enjoyed a very interesting guided tour including wine tasting. Guided tours are available every weekend and also self-guided audio tours too. For more information visit their website: Furleigh Estate Vineyard