This 7.6 mile (12.2km) circular walk from Bridport follows footpaths and quiet country lanes to the south and east of Bridport. Along the way it passes through West Bay and Burton Bradstock. The route mainly follows footpaths and tracks. There are a couple of sections on quiet minor roads that are not devoid of traffic.
7.6 miles / 12.2km
2.30 – 3.00 hours
This walk starts from West Street Long Stay Car Park in Bridport (DT6 3TP) (Grid Ref: SY462928). Parking charges apply.
From the car park head east along Tannery Lane to the junction with St Michael’s Lane. Turn right and head south to join Priory Lane, as the road bends to the right continue straight on along a footpath besides a chapel. After passing Bridport Bowls Club turn right and follow the lane for 100 metres crossing the River Britt and then turning right (Grid Ref: SY463925).
The path now heads south besides the River Britt, soon passing Bridport Football Club. On reaching Skilling Hill Road cross and continue on the footpath with Palmers Brewery on the opposite bank. The path goes under the A35 and follows the route of the Monarch’s Way and Hardy Way heading south. On reaching West Bay Caravan Park continue on the footpath throughout the site to reach the main entrance in West Bay (Grid Ref: SY461905).
Turn left to walk besides Bridport Harbour, follow the road to pass St John’s Church, at a junction continue straight on into Station Road soon passing the West Bay Inn. Stay on Station Road as it heads out of West Bay. 80 metres beyond the last house take a driveway on the right and then almost immediately turn left onto a footpath heading uphill (Grid Ref: SY466903).
As the path begins to level it enters Bridport and West Dorset Golf Course. Follow the footpath through the course with care. At the eastern end of the course the path enters a caravan park (Grid Ref SY477899). Follow the way markers through the caravan site to reach a field (Grid Ref: SY481896).
The path soon crosses a stream on a footbridge and then continues east to reach allotments on the edge of Burton Bradstock. The path soon joins a lane, Southover, follow this to a junction and turn left into Cliff road. This soon joins the High Street, follow this road North soon crossing the River Bride and pass the Three Horseshoes pub. Stay with the High Street until it reaches the Anchor Inn. Turn right just before the pub along a road signposted to Shipton Gorge. Just before reaching Annings Lane take a bridleway on the left (Grid Ref: SY487897).
This bridleway ascends steadily up North Hill and then continues across fields to reach a gate leading onto a lane. Cross the lane and continue north on a farm track, Milvers Lane. After passing farm buildings the lane ascends to reach Burbitt Lane (Grid Ref: SY489916). Cross Burbitt Lane and continue on a track heading north for 225 metres to reach access land (Grid Ref: SY488918).
Continue west across the access land for 650 metres to reach a junction of footpaths (Grid Ref: SY485919). Turn right and follow the path heading north along the edge of fields besides the access land. Soon an impressive example of medieval Strip Lynchets can be seen. The path then joins a track and continues down hill to reach Walditch Road. Turn left along this minor road and follow it through the attractive village and then out through parkland. As the road descends towards the A35 take a footpath on the left towards Bridport (Grid Ref: SY474927).
This path emerges on to Crock Lane, turn right and follow the lane to reach the A35, East Street. Turn left and on reaching a roundabout follow the directions into the Town Centre and proceed through Bridport heading west until reaching Tannery Lane (Grid Ref: SY463930). Turn left and follow the road back to the starting point at West Street car park.
There are public toilets in Bridport, West Bay and Burton Bradstock.
Toilets are available in the pubs and cafes on this route during opening hours.
West Bay: There are numerous pubs’ cafes and food outlets in West Bay.
Burton Bradstock: The Three Horseshoes and The Anchor Inn.
Bridport: There are numerous pubs’ cafes and food outlets in Bridport.
A narrative of this walk with pictures, historical information and points of interest can be viewed on my associated Two Dogs and an Awning website.
To follow our walk you will need Ordnance Survey Outdoor Explorer Map 116 – Lyme Regis & Bridport
© Walking Moonraker (2020)
All information on this site is provided free of charge and in good faith and no liability is accepted in respect of damage, loss or injury which might result from it. Walking can be dangerous and is done entirely at your own risk. It is your responsibility to check your route and navigate using a map and compass.