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Walking Blog….my favourite walks in West Dorset.

Walking Blog….

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.

 

Join me on my favourite walks:

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

 

Dorset’s Iron Age Forts… Eggardon , nr Askerswell, and Maiden Castle nr Dorchester.

This 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….unusual in West Dorset!

I always suggest it 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, where you can enjoy the excellent food at reasonable prices, and nice pub garden too ……but after your walk around the top of Eggardon Fort! http://www.spyway-inn.co.uk/

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.

 

Maiden Castle, Dorchester.  I’ve only just discovered Maiden Castle!  It’s the largest hillfort in Britain and the most complex.  Again stunning views, walking not too difficult, my granddaughter managed the full walk round without complaining! At the top the site is amazingly large and was home to several hundred people in the Iron Age 800BC – AD43, now home to the local sheep population and a odd few visitors.  Access from the Weymouth road, and free parking. DT6 9EY

 

 

 

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Colmers Hill….Bridport’s iconic hill, much loved by locals and all who travel the A35.

Walk to the top of Colmers Hill to enjoy the majesty of the Marshwood Vale. It’s a colourful patchwork of working farms that has shaped our West Dorset landscape to the delight of all.

Follow Julia Bradbury…ITV Best Walks with a view.  It’s a beautiful walk that starts inland at our local, the Ilchester Arms in the village of Symondsbury, with a quick visit to Symondsbury Kitchen for a bacon roll and ends on the spectacular Golden Cap and finally the at The Anchor Inn, award winning pub at Seatown, where Julia enjoyed delicious food and a local beer.

Best Walks with a View: Dorset, Golden Cap

I enjoyed the programme very much and from Highway Farm we have a fabulous view Colmers,  it’s our stomping ground!  Guests have come armed with Julia’s map keen and ready to walk…….!  We knew all the locals that Julia stopped to talk to on the way…….you never know who you’re going to meet up with when walking in Dorset!

Here’s an idea..….use the Jurassic Bus to return to Symondsbury (Chideock to Bridport).

Jurassic Coast Bus Services

 

A Walk through Time……South West Coastal footpath

The South West Coast Path offers some wonderful views, taking in dramatic cliff top vistas, as well as numerous sea-level sections which allow you to really appreciate the intricate rock formations and at Charmouth and Lyme Regis you can hunt for your own fossils…be a Jurassic Ranger.

http://jurassiccoast.org is a wonderful website with lots of info, practical advice for walking and fossiling and lists events taking places all along our 95 miles of coast between Studland Bay in Dorset to Exmouth in East Devon.

Try using the Jurassic Coaster Bus, ideal for walkers who want to walk a section of the South West Coast Path as it gives the option of travelling either out or back by bus.  Stops right outside of Highway Farm, so you can do 2 or 3 days walking from here.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed exploring Dorset with me.

Downloadable Walks.

PS  Remember your hats and sunscreen….there’s always a breeze blowing off the sea and if you’re out all day beware of too much sun…..we do get some very red faced guests around the breakfast table!

Eype Beach, Dorset

Eype Beach, Dorset

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