South Dorset Ridgeway Walk


Take in the view of the wonderful Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach

Laurie and I and a friend set of last summer to explore the South Dorset Ridgeway Walk.   With our backpacks loaded with cameras, water and a few treats, we set off.


Starting in the picturesque village of Abbotsbury.   I must point out we started with a morning coffee in ‘The Old School Tea Room’ which is in the centre of Abbotsbury and well worth a visit.   All refreshed ready to go, we climbed to the top of the South Dorset Ridgeway which was a fairly steady short climb.   We stopped a few times to take in the  amazing views looking out to the Jurassic Coast.

During our walk we came across The Abbotsbury Castle, an Iron Age hillfort.   We stopped here to take in the breathe taking scenery and more photos.   From here we headed towards the coast at West Bexington.   There are a couple of good eating places for lunch.   The Manor House Hotel and The Clubhouse.   We decided to continue as we had somewhere else in mind for lunch!

Walking back along the coast we could see the amazing 14th Century St. Catherine’s Chapel which sits on a hill above the village of Abbotsbury.   The Chapel was built by the monks from Abbotsbury Abbey as a place of worship and rest.

St Catherines Chapel

St Catherine’s Chapel overlooking Abbotsbury.

It wasn’t far to go and we were back to the village of Abbotsbury, where we had parked the car approx. 3 hours before.   We guessed the walk was approx. 5 miles.   There was no rushing and lots of photos stops!   We all jumped in the car and headed back along the coast road, which is one of our favourite roads to drive, the scenery is amazing, whatever the weather!

Our lunch stop was The Hive Beach Cafe for delicious Fish and Chips, which is, we believe, the best Fish and Chips you’ll find in Dorset.

we have shared this walk with many guests who B&B with us at Warren House Bed & Breakfast and also the guests who stay in our self catering cottages Chiddy Nook and Gingerbread Cottage.   There has not been one guest who hasn’t said ‘wow’ when they return.   It’s a magical walk and one well worth scheduling into your next Dorset holiday.



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