Burton Bradstock coast path walk

Walking trail

A circular walk at Burton Bradstock, West Dorset, following part of the South West Coast Path. Please keep dogs on their leads while in fields with livestock.

A female walker on the coast path near Burton Bradstock on a sunny day in early April


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Hive Beach car park, grid ref: SY490889


From the car park follow the re-routed coast path signs heading west, marked 'Freshwater and West Bay'. There are some amazing panoramic views. To the west is Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast, and on a clear day, Start Point in Devon. To the east is the stretch of Chesil Beach leading to Portland Bill. Look out for the plants that cling to the cliff edge, including thrift, common mallow and wild clary.

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The cliffs near Burton Bradstock glowing gold in the sunshine, viewed from gig rowing boat


Follow the South West Coast Path until you reach a stile on the right hand side. Go over the stile and follow the path to the bottom of the field. In the 1700s smuggling was rife along this coastline and a smugglers beacon was supposedly sited on Burton Cliff.

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Looking west towards Lyme Regis from the fields to the east of Hive Beach


Go over the stile and turn right along the lane until you reach Cliff Road. Cross over and go up the steps and over the stile. For a village detour, turn left along the main road. Burton Bradstock is an idyllic village well worth exploring, with many of the buildings made from the local stone.


Follow the path diagonally across a large field. Go through the kissing gate at the other end of the field and across the next field and gate. Now head down towards the car park. In the winter of 1943-4, soldiers poured onto Burton beach from landing craft and scaled the cliff in practice for the invasion of Normandy. Hive Beach forms part of Chesil Beach on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

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A view along the Jurassic Coast from the eastern slope between Thorncombe Beacon and Eype


Hive Beach car park, grid ref: SY490889

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Burton Bradstock coast path walk


Parts of this walk follow the South West Coast Path, which runs close to the cliff edges in some places. There are some moderate slopes. Sensible walking shoes with good grip are advisable.

Burton Bradstock coast path walk

Contact us

Please contact our West Dorset office on 01297 489481 or by email.

Burton Bradstock coast path walk

How to get here

Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 4RF
By train

The nearest train station is Axminster 13 miles (20.9km).

By road

Burton Bradstock is located on the B3157 coast road from Bridport to Abbotsbury and Weymouth. Nearest postcode is DT6 4RF.

By foot

The South West Coast Path passes through Burton Bradstock. Hive Beach is a short walk from Burton Bradstock village.

By bus

The Coastline X53 stops at the end of the short road to Hive Beach.

By bicycle

The National Cycle Network route 2 runs nearby.

Burton Bradstock coast path walk

Facilities and access

  • Café and toilets at Hive Beach Café (opening times vary according to season)
  • National Trust car park at Hive Beach (free for members) open all year with information point open March-October
  • Burton Bradstock village has: a petrol station with Spar shop, a Post Office/ village stores, two pubs, public toilets, children's play area