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Nature Watching

Pop down to Washingpool Farm shop & fill the picnic hamper from the hut up with delicious food & drink 

 

Then head up to the top of Lewesdon Hill or Pilsdon Pen, two of the highest points in Dorset. Pilsdon offers 360 degree views from the top where as Lewesdon is shady & wooded on top, you can walk down the otherside of Lewesdon heading the in direction of Broadwindsor if you fancied a longer walk.

 

If the weather isn’t great then why not head to the beach for a blustery & bracing walk, coming back to the car to enjoy your picnic goodies in the good ‘old fashioned steamed up car windows’ way that we remember from our childhood when we sat in the back with bags of crisps & apples as our parents or grandparents sipped steaming tea from a thermos in the front.

 

You could head over to the nearby village of Symondsbury where you can park up in the Tythe Barn car park & walk for miles around the estate ending up on the top of our famous landmark Colmers Hill that you can see from the shepherd’s hut. Pop into the Symondsbury Kitchen café for a reviving cuppa afterwards.

 

Allington Hill is a Woodland Trust wood & there are footpaths all around the fields that lay around it. You can from there walk over to Symondsbury & Colmers Hill if you fancied a real leg stretch! The hill itself has little paths all over it that lead up to the top where you can walk along looking down over the countryside.

 

West Bay is a must if you are a fan of the television series Broadchurch. The harbour & beach was used extensively in filming. Pop into The George or The Bridport Arms, enjoy fish & chips from one of the many kiosks there, try your hand at crabbing off the harbour nets can be bought from the Angling Supplies shop there or just sit on the beach with an ice cream & soak up the sound of the ocean. Samways fresh fish shop would be a super place to pick up some fresh caught sea food to come back & pan fry back up at the hut.

 

A quieter beach & fantastic all year round for dog walking is Cogden. It is a National Trust beach, park up at the top & head out across the fields. They are farmed by the organic Tamarisk Farm in West Bexington & the wildflowers & insects are a delight. You can drop down towards the beach & then walk along the back of the water reeds & then pop out onto the shore coming back along the beach & back up to the car park. The Three Horseshoes in Burton Bradstock would be a good place to pop into on the way back for food or just a pint of local Palmers ale.

 

Bridport itself is a quirky little market town. Wednesdays & Saturdays you will find the two main roads packed with stalls, adding to the highstreet mix of well known chains & great independent shops. Try Aroma coffee shop down near Waterstones, Soulshine Café in South Street, browse in vintage & antique shops in St Michaels Trading Estate, try superb ever changing ales from In Pursuit of Hoppiness or a cocktail from The Venner Bar upstairs at The Bull Hotel.

 

Furleigh Estate is only ten minutes walk from us here & they do great tours of the vineyard, you would get to find out all about their award winning English wine & they sell what they make in the shop there so you can wander back to the hut to enjoy it as the sun sets!

Places We Love To Go To!

The New Inn - Stoke Abbott

01308 868 333

Tell Kirsty & Kevin you are staying here & they will look after you.

Great food & locally brewed Palmers ales.

Furleigh Vineyard

Ten minute walk from here! Just head back up our track & carefully cross over & go down lane almost opposite our entrance. Walk past the house on the right & you get to the vineyard’s big gateway with the cattle grid, follow that track on down to the bottom to discover the shop & where they start the guided tours from. There is a leaflet in this folder with information on the tour times & shop opening hours. I can highly recommend the Bacchus Fume & also their award winning sparkling bubbles!

The Pursuit of Hoppiness - Bridport, West Street

01308 427 111

Our favourite pop in micro pub! Ever changing selection of real ales, very very small but being jam packed in there with a cracking beer is what it is all about!

The George Hotel - Bridport

01308 423 187

A small pub, nicely done interior with  great food & locally brewed Palmers ales.

The Olive Tree - Bridport, East Street

01308 422 882

Popular with locals for their fresh fish dishes.

Soulshine Café - Bridport

01308 422 821

Fantastic quirky café with the very best energizing food & juices

The Station Kitchen by Sausage & Pear - West Bay

01308 422 845

Booking essential with this one! Very quirky dining in an old railway carriage, gorgeous surroundings for a special occasion.

The Bull Hotel - Bridport

01308 422 878

Established in 1535, recently renovated to an incredible standard, a must see! Sit in the lovely courtyard or try the amazing food in the bar. Upstairs is the famous Venner Bar where you can try their mouthwatering cocktails!

The Crown Inn - Puncknowle

01308 422 845

16th century thatched pub. We used to live in this little village. It’s about 10 miles away, about 25 mins drive but worth a visit especially if you head to the nearby beaches of Cogden & West Bexington, these beaches are popular fishing haunts & dogs are allowed on Cogden beach all year round. The Crown Inn is a great village pub with good food using locally grown produce from the nearby Tamarisk Farm.

The Three Horseshoes - Burton Bradstock

01308 897 259 

Another Palmers pub with great pub food, lovely interior & very popular with locals! Good for a cosy pint if you have been on Burton Bradstock beach in the colder months or enjoy their beer garden in better weather!

Cilla & Camilla - Bridport

Great little shop for thoughtful & quirky gifts & local artists cards.

Lilliputs Department Store - Bridport

Where most things in the hut came from!

Morrish & Banham Wine Merchants - Dorchester

01305 261 480

Well worth a visit, we buy our wine from Mark & if you booked more than one night stay here the wine you find waiting for you has been chosen from our favourites! Mention you are staying here & you might get a little treat…

Balsons Butchers

Just on the roundabout as you head from us into Bridport. Britain’s oldest family butchers established 1515!

Bridport market Wednesday & Saturday

Full of wonderful stalls, do check out the vintage & antique quarter tucked away on St Michaels Trading estate. The unique Red Brick Café is also to be found round there. 

Washingpool Farm Shop

We have one of the finest farm shops in the area just down the road as you head into Bridport, turn left into the award winning Farm Shop, they have a great café as well as everything you may need to eat & drink during the stay.