The Cogden Circular

Walking trail

A circular stroll through flower-filled farmland returning via the South West Coast Path. Cogden Beach is part of the larger Chesil Beach, a striking section of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site which is the largest shingle ridge in the world. Please keep dogs on their leads while in fields with livestock, and use the dog bins provided. Also please be aware of ground-nesting birds from March to July and keep dogs under close control during this period.

View towards Portland from above Cogden on an overcast day


An image of the Cogden Circluar walking trail map


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From the middle of the car park, head east through the kissing gate and continue for approximately 0.5 miles (0.8km) through another three gates. To your left you should now see the gate to Othona (private).

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Chesil Beach viewed from above Cogden, Burton Bradstock


In front of you the track forks – take the right hand track through the field and through another gate to find yourself crossing the bottom of a long steep field.

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A red Devon cow grazing the farmland at Cogden


Go through another gate into a field where you will see ant hills to your left. Follow the path round the patches of scrub and through another gate.

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A large cluster of ant hills at Cogden near Burton Bradstock


You will now find yourself at the top of three fields which slope down to the sea. Follow the path through two more gates and you will find yourself on the South West Coast Path.


Turn right (westwards) and follow the coast path until you pass through a patch of willow trees using the board walk over the mud. Continue along the coast path through fields and between hedges until you emerge near the beach.

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White, pink and yellow wildflowers on the shingle at Cogden


Take the track leading up the hill through two more gates back to the car park.


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This walk follows an undemanding stretch of the South West Coast Path, but it can get muddy in places in winter. There are some moderate slopes. Sensible walking shoes with good grip are advised, or sturdy wellington boots in the winter months.

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Contact us

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

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How to get here

National Trust car park at Cogden, DT6 4RL
By train

The nearest train station is Weymouth 15 miles (24km).

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 links Hive Beach at Burton Bradstock with Cogden Beach.

By bus

The Coastline X53 stops at the end of the short road to Hive Beach and also goes directly past the entrance to Cogden car park

By bicycle

The National Cycle Network route 2 runs nearby.

The Cogden Circular

Facilities and access

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