Bridport Walking Guide

The Jurassic Coast is undeniably a beautiful part of the world, so it’s no surprise that people love to get outside and walk over the cliffs and through the countryside to take in the fantastic views. We produced this walking guide to get you inspired to lace up your walking boots and get stomping along the coast path and some of the many footpaths and bridleways that criss-cross West Dorset.

Walking is a great, free activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family so we’ve designed a selection of walks starting at or near our Bridport-based parks, with a range of routes so there’s something for everyone. They are easy to adapt to make longer if you’re feeling adventurous, or shorter if you’ve got children in tow.

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Parking is free at Highlands End for anyone using the facilities or following one of our walks. At our other parks, you may need to park nearby if you are not staying on the park.

When walking, please follow the countryside code, stick to designated footpaths and keep dogs under control, especially around livestock. Take extra care when near cliffs – make sure not to go close to the edge and keep your dogs on a lead. Always take a charged mobile phone, especially if you are walking alone.

We love to see photos of people enjoying their holidays, so send us your photos here or use the hashtag #WDLH on social media. You may be in with a chance of winning £250 off your next holiday! To be eligible for the competition, all you have do do is make sure your photos contain you, your pets or both!

If you have difficulty walking, there is an all-terrain electric mobility scooter available for hire at Highlands End, enabling everyone to explore 5 miles of Jurassic Coastline. Find out more here.

Routes:

The West Dorset Three Peaks Challenge: 9.3 miles / 15km

A circular route taking in 3 of Dorset’s most prominent landmarks – Thorncombe Beacon (157 metres), Golden Cap (191 metres) and Colmer’s Hill (127 metres).

Find out more here, and see the route here


Golden Cap Nature Trail: 5.2 miles / 8.3km or 3.7 miles / 6km

A route with some amazing views from the highest point on the south coast of England. Cut out the loop at Langdon Hill if you fancy a shorter walk.

See the extended route here and the shorter route here


Golden Cap Inland Walk: 5 miles / 8km

A walk up to Thorncombe Beacon and inland over Eype Down and Quarry hill with some fantastic views of Colmer’s Hill. Tackle the muddy and unique Hell Lane if you’re brave enough!

See the route here


Highlands End Nature Trail: 2.9 miles / 4.7km

Visit the wildflower and bee bank, the dog exercising meadow and Mower’s Mead Lake. Can you find all the letters on your way round and unscramble the code?

See the route here and download the guide here


Highlands, West Bay and Bridport: 4.7 miles / 7.6km

A route taking you into West Bay and then into the historic market town of Bridport.

See the route here


West Bay Walk: 5.1 miles / 8.3km

A clifftop walk taking you round West Bay harbour and round the Bridport and West Dorset Golf Club.

See the route here


Graston Copse to Bridport: 7.9 miles / 12.8km

This route will give you some fantastic views over West Bay, especially at sunset. On the way back you’ll walk through Bothenhampton and Shipton Gorge.

See the route here


Graston Copse Nature Trail: 3.4 miles / 5.5km

This walk from the park takes in the woodland copse and picnic area, and the riverside walk. You’ll also visit Larkfield Holiday Park, so if you fancy a longer walk or to visit the coast, you can combine the two nature trails.

See the route here


Larkfield Nature Trail: 3.4 miles / 5.4km

This is a clifftop route that gives you amazing views of Hive Beach. Combine with our Graston Copse Nature Trail for a longer walk.

See the route here


Pilsdon Pen and Lewesdon Hill: 5.5 miles / 8.6 km

This walk takes in the two highest points in Dorset. Both previously Iron-Age hill forts, they dominate the skyline and the landscape and views surrounding them are incredible.

See the route here


Netherbury and Patley Wood: 2.1 miles or 3.4km

Explore the beautiful countryside village of Netherbury in this circular walk. This shorter route is perfect if you have children as you’ll pass a play area, football pitch and mountain bike trail.

See the route here


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