For a quick walk you can join the Ant Hill Trail (so called for the yellow ant anthills) which runs through Charity Farm and runs along the river which is beautiful in March when the Snowdrops come out. Also look out for a dash of blue as the Kingfishers darts past you up and down the river. This walk actually forms part of a longer 5 mile walk which takes in neighbouring Poorton, Powerstock and West Milton.
Mapperton is a glorious sandstone manor house and romantic valley garden deep in a lost Dorset combe among tumbling hills and unspoiled countryside. This is a short walk back to Loscombe and all downhill, just follow the river and take in the bluebell woods on the way down.There is a fantastic café – the Coach House Café – for lunch & refreshments.
Another short circular walk starts at the church in Netherbury, go through the grave yard to pick up the path lined with wild garlic. Follow the path down to the bridge and you can turn right and come back the other side of the river. When you get to the farm there will be another path just before the main road which takes you down to a weir that crosses the river and there you are, back where you started.
Netherbury to Beaminster
Rather than turn right at the bridge you can carry on past Parnham House (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parnham_House) which was mysteriously burnt down by the Russian Mafia apparently. Keep going across the fields and you end up in Beaminster.
Netherbury to River Cottage
Alternately, carry on to the road, turn right and head down the hill, at the crossroads turn left up the track and after 600m you will find yourself at the original River Cottage where Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstalll set up his small holding and filmed the first few series. You will pass a weir and then the cottage and the bridge across the river in the big house where he also filmed. Walk across the field past the lakes and then through a small wood into a field where they have built house from an old Flack Mill Walk up the road into Waytown. Take a well earned rest at the Hare & Hound for a drink before heading back along the road into Netherbury.
Symondsbury & Colmers Hill
A brisk walk up Colmers Hill from our car park will take between 30 and 40 minutes to the top from where you will have a panoramic view of the sea and the beautiful rolling hills of the Dorset countryside.
Coastal Path – Eype to Seatown
Eype is located just west of Bridport and West Bay, follow the road down to the beach where you can park. The start of the walk is up the hill past the little house perched on the cliff and the setting for the murder in the TV series Broadchurch. After a couple more hills and 2 miles later you come over the final hill into Seatown where you can have a drink in the Anchor Pub and look for fossils on the beach and if the mood takes you carry on to Golden Cap, Charmouth and Lyme Regis. Alternatively once over the first hill head across the field to the Downhouse Farm Café where they do the best cream tea. Heart attack pending you can cut back across the field to Seatown.
Langdon Hill & Golden Gap
Golden Cap in the highest point on the south coast and this walk takes you through Langdon Hill woods to Golden Cap where as you might expect you get a great view of Lyme Bay. There are a number of trails that lead from here but best to head west to Gabriels Gap which formed part of the Pilgrims trail and to Charmouth if the mood takes you.
Hardys Monument to Littlebredy
For short walk head over to Hardys monument (no not Thomas H, Admiral Hardy, Nelsons best mate) you can simply walk around the rhododendron wood which will take half an hour. Alternately head west along the ridge towards Gorewell where you go past 2 stone circles and a long barrow. Keep going and you eventually arrive at Brideshead in Littlebredy. If the name sound familiar then you would right, it’s the setting for Evelyn Waugh book and depicted in the tv series Brideshead Revisted at Castle Howard in Yorkshire. As the name implies the lake is the spring for the river Bride, lovely garden you can walk around with a waterfall. Lovely little village, untouched by the 20th Century. There is also a Café in a walled Garden which has recently opened up.
The Ridge, Abbotsbury and West Bexington
We lived in Abbotbury for the best part of 14 years and the views from the ridge are just stunning. You start at Spring Cottage in Back Street (where we lived) and head up the hill for about half a mile and the views just gets better and better. You then pick up the ridge path and head west for about 1 mile where you meet the road. At this point, you can either head back and enjoy the views, walk down the hill to the sub tropical gardens or head further west towards the seaside village of West Bexington, where you can stop for a beer in the 15th Century Manor Hotel Garden or champagne in the Swanky Beach Bar. From here head to the beach and bare left along the beach road back to Abbotsbury.
On the other side of Weymouth there are number of great walks and one of my favourites is Ringstead. Park in the NT car park and follow the track down ghe hill. Half way down is a little church where you can sit in the garden and overlook the bay. Further down you can cut down to the beach. At the easterly end you can climb up the White Noth smugglers path described in the book ‘Moonfleet’, or just carry on to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.