Walking

Walking trail

A summer nature walk at West Bexington

Walking trail

A very pretty walk through flower-filled meadows and pastures, and taking in the riot of coastal wild flowers that bring the shingle bank to life. Look out for butterflies such as common blue and the ‘weeds’ amongst the arable crops such as poppy and corn cockle.

White, pink and yellow wildflowers on the shingle at Cogden

Map

Map route for West Bexington nature's harvest walk

Start:

West Bexington Beach car park, grid ref: SY532865

1

From the car park take the South West Coast Path to the left (east) and follow it onto Chesil beach. Along the beach keep an eye out for wild carrot and wild parsnips. Sea kale also grows here but is only edible in spring.

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Chesil Beach viewed from above Cogden, Burton Bradstock

2

Continue along the beach on the coast path and, after the field with the large house in it, turn left and through a gate into the next field. The concrete structure to the left is a Second World War machine gun emplacement. Carry on straight up the field and through a couple of field gates.

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A close up view of a gorse bush in flower on the Golden Cap Estate

3

Pass Labour in Vain farm, which has a building dating from the 1860s. Hedge laying, grazing and pond restoration all help wildlife here. The large pond on the left is good for dragonflies in the summer. Continue straight on past the farm (on your right) and through the next field gate. Walk across the field, heading for the isolated stone barn you can see at the top of the field.

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A Yellow Hammer bird

4

Turn left after the barn and follow the track across the field to the top of Tulks Hill. Look for the Bronze Age burial mounds at the top of the hill, before you walk west along the ridge. Keep an eye out for brown hares and roe deer too, which are becoming more common in the fields.

5

Continue west along the path to the site of a limekiln on your left. Carry on past the limekiln and follow the path along the top of the hill and to a field gate in the corner of the field. From here you can see the magnificent sweeping view of Lyme Bay. Turn left down an old trackway and follow Donkey Lane down into West Bexington.

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6

Return to the car park on the track through West Bexington.

End:

West Bexington Beach car park, grid ref: SY532865

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A summer nature walk at West Bexington

Terrain

A circular walk with generally easy walking conditions and one long uphill section. Height gain of 500ft (150m) over the walk. Walking boots advised. If on the beach, beware of strong currents.

Dogs welcome on leads and under control, so as not to disturb the grazing animals.

A summer nature walk at West Bexington

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A summer nature walk at West Bexington

How to get here

Address
West Bexington, Dorset
By road

Take B3157, Bridport to Abbotsbury, and follow to West Bexington.

By foot

The South West Coast Path runs length of coast and passes through car park at start of walk.

By bus

Number X53, Bridport-Dorchester-Weymouth. Alight at the Bull Inn at Swyre and walk about 1 mile (1.6km), or request a stop along B3157 at Tulks Hill and join the walk from there.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network route 2 passes a few miles away.

A summer nature walk at West Bexington

Facilities and access

  • Well behaved dogs welcome on leads