AMAZING COAST PATH WALKS FROM GINGERBREAD COTTAGE, CHIDDY NOOK OR THE BURROW, CHIDEOCK
Seaton to Abbotsbury
The South West Coast Path runs from Poole to Minehead. The total walk is 630 miles long, which is quite some walk. We welcome many guests to our cottages Gingerbread Cottage, Chiddy Nook and The Burrow who walk the path in sections. We would recommend walking the section from Seaton to Abbotsbury during your break away. The X53 bus runs along the coast road making your walking plans simpler.
From Seaton to Lyme Regis:
The undercliff is a seven mile walk of ancient forest. This is an area of lush natural landscape. Lyme Regis is a bustling seaside town and has plenty of eateries and independent shops.
Lyme Regis to Seatown:
East from Lyme Regis, especially if you get the tide right you can walk along the beach to Charmouth. You may be lucky and find a fossil on the way. From Charmouth to Seatown the views are especially spectacular. Ahead is the highest point on the South Coast ‘Golden Cap’. It gets its name from the glowing sandstone at its peak. The views from the summit are breathtaking and you can see for miles. From Golden Cap you descend to Seatown where you will find The Anchor Inn.
The Anchor Inn is a popular Inn serving home cooked food and beers from the local Palmer’s brewery. Our cottages are a 15 minute walk from the beach along the bridleway. Chideock has a great pub called The George Inn, this is only a 5 minute walk from the cottages. There is also a shop, post office which has a facility for you to obtain money. The local shop offers lots of goodies for a picnic along the way.
Seatown to West Bay
From Seatown heading east is a breath taking climb, literally! When you get to the top and standing proud is the Thorncombe beacon. Inland from the beacon you will find a wonderful outdoor cafe ‘Downhouse Cafe this place is without a doubt a gem. From this section of the coast you slowly descend to the small Dorset village of Eype, here you will find The New Inn.
Following the coast path at Eype beach you can see West Bay ahead. West Bay is also known as the Bridport Harbour and in recent years, it’s been named ‘Broadchurch’ after the popular TV crime series which was filmed here. At West Bay there are plenty of fish & chip sellers, cafes, pubs, restaurants and a wonderful art gallery Sladers Yard and much more.
West Bay to Abbotsbury
East from West Bay is the east cliff that looks like a ‘killer’ climb, but it’s easier than it looks. When you get to the top the views looking back to the west are amazing.
From West Bay towards Burton Bradstock.
At Burton Bradstock you will find a very popular cafe on the beach. The Hive Beach Cafe without a doubt offers the best fresh locally sourced fish dishes. On the cliff there is The Seaside Boarding House, a hotel welcoming non-residents. I’m not sure they welcome muddy boots!
Heading on eastwards you can see Portland on the horizon. You can walk along the beach to Abbotsbury but this is a tough walk as the beach is shingle. This section of the walk is well signposted. As you continue with your walk you will reach the small Dorset village of West Bexington. At West Bexington beach you will see fishermen a plenty. Close to this beach is The Club House cafe/restaurant and a 5 minute walk inland is The Manor House.
Last but not least, Abbotsbury. Abbotsbury has much to offer, sub tropical gardens, the Swannery, quaint Dorset tea shops and fabulous wood turning at the Dansel gallery.
Now you can take the X53 which will bring you back to your holiday cottage here in Chideock or if you prefer, we have a very reliable taxi man Graham, give me a call for details 01297 489996/07759274905.