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Bridport and Walditch Loop

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Bridport and Walditch Loop
Author: activesam88, Published: 09 Feb 2017 Walk Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Dorset, Bridport
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Bridport and Walditch Loop
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 5 mile circular walk from Bridport in Dorset. This walk starts at East Street car park in Bridport, follows various footpaths through little parishes and climbs a big hill that gives wondrous views of the valley containing Bridport and West Bay, including other notable hills such as Colmers Hill.

The route follows a mixture of roadside pavements, stone tracks and unmade footpaths through fields. There is one fairly strenuous climb. You will need to negotiate some kissing gates plus one stile on route. Allow 2.5 hours.

If driving, you can park in East Street car park. Nearest postcode is DT6 3LL. You can park in the long stay section all day for £2.80 (correct Feb 2017). The only public transport to Bridport are buses, you can get off either in East Street or the bus station. The bus station is about a 3 minute walk from East Street.

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Walk Sections

Start to Jessopp Avenue
Start to Jessopp Avenue

Start point: 50.7333 lat, -2.7548 long
End point: 50.7355 lat, -2.7483 long

From East Street car park, cross the road and head up Barrack Street which is in between Central News and The Olive Tree. Barrack Street leads into St Andrews Road which is long and curved. Halfway along St Andrews Road is a Disused Chapel. As you approach the primary school, take a right turn into Long's Lane.

As you walk down Long's Lane you need to turn left at the fork which brings you to a kissing gate. Once through the kissing gate, you can cross Sea Road North using the island crossing to reach the far pavement. Turn left and follow the pavement round to the right into Jessopp’s Avenue.

Jessopp Avenue to Lee Lane
Jessopp Avenue to Lee Lane

Start point: 50.7355 lat, -2.7483 long
End point: 50.7422 lat, -2.739 long

After about 100 yards along Jessopp Avenue (just before the river bridge), cross the road and turn left at the bin. Follow the footpath, keeping left as much as possible, and you will join up with a gravel path. This is part of the National Cycle Route 2. Along this path you can access a supermarket. Follow this path until you get to a fork. Take the right branch. This takes you through some front gardens which are gated. Please ensure you close the gate behind you. You will emerge to a junction with Lee Lane.

Lee Lane to Lower Walditch Lane
Lee Lane to Lower Walditch Lane

Start point: 50.7379 lat, -2.7379 long
End point: 50.7362 lat, -2.7376 long

Turn right and walk over the bridge. Follow the main road up round to the right.

If you want a shorter walk, at the top of the hill you can turn right into Jessopp’s Avenue and head back from here. Otherwise, keep walking past this turning until you come out to a junction with the A35 Dorchester road. To your right there is a crossing. After you have crossed, turn left and then take the first right into Howard Road.

As you enter Howard Road you will notice a footpath running down the left-side of the first house. It's almost not in Howard Road as you can see in the picture. Follow this footpath until you emerge on Lower Walditch Lane.

Lower Walditch Lane to Shipton Gorge Footpath
Lower Walditch Lane to Shipton Gorge Footpath

Start point: 50.7344 lat, -2.7372 long
End point: 50.7321 lat, -2.7318 long

Turn left and follow the road until you get to a T junction. Turn left here and walk for about 150 yards, keeping your eyes peeled for the Shipton Gorge footpath on your right.

Shipton Gorge Footpath to Gate
Shipton Gorge Footpath to Gate

Start point: 50.7321 lat, -2.7318 long
End point: 50.7269 lat, -2.7295 long

Follow this footpath all the way up the hill through a little kissing gate and you will emerge into a field. Walk through this field and through the gate.

Gate to Memorial
Gate to Memorial

Start point: 50.7269 lat, -2.7295 long
End point: 50.7257 lat, -2.7408 long

As you walk through this field you will eventually be heading towards your right, but this bit is tricky to navigate as there are lots of fields on top of this hill and not many signs - the App's live GPS map will help. Walk ahead (with a hedge on your left) until you reach a hedge ahead and then keep right. Take the gate and continue straight on. Take another gate and you should get a sense of the footpath again.

Memorial to Reception Masts
Memorial to Reception Masts

Start point: 50.7257 lat, -2.7408 long
End point: 50.7292 lat, -2.7475 long

As you walk along the path, now along the ridge of the hill, you will see Bridport all out to you right and West Bay all out to your left. As you come to the tip of the hill follow the path down to the right and you will see some masts hidden in the trees.

Reception Masts to Sea Road South
Reception Masts to Sea Road South

Start point: 50.7292 lat, -2.7475 long
End point: 50.7277 lat, -2.7507 long

Follow the path past the field and you will see a footpath heading to your left. Climb over the stile and descend on this footpath. Watch out for low hanging trees. This footpath brings you out on Crock Lane where you turn right.

After about 100 yards take a left turn. After another 100 yards turn right. This will bring you to the A35 Sea Road South.

Sea Road South to Bridge
Sea Road South to Bridge

Start point: 50.7282 lat, -2.7557 long
End point: 50.7306 lat, -2.7554 long

Cross the road using the island and take the left-most gate. Follow this path until you reach a crossroads. Turn right and follow this footpath until you get to a bridge on your left.

Bridge to End
Bridge to End

Start point: 50.7306 lat, -2.7554 long
End point: 50.7312 lat, -2.7564 long

Cross the bridge and walk up the path with houses on your right until you get to a T junction. Turn right at the wall and follow the path as it merges into a road.

Turn right here and you are back at the long stay section of the East Street car park. You can either walk up King Street and turn left before the chip shop or, 100 yards after turning right, there is a pedestrian gate entrance into the East Street car park.

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1 comments for "Bridport and Walditch Loop"

Nice walk, many areas in town where the track could have followed watercourses instead of roads and tarmac footpaths

By PaulNoosa on 06 Aug 2017

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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