I have recently finished walking the English coast. This blog is meant as a help/guide for someone doing the same thing.I hope to complete all the posts within the next 6 months. Go to the archive of past months and years to access all previous posts. Composite, rather amateurish photos are on the early walks as I had not acquired a digital camera. Any corrections of errors/ additional facts gratefully received. Enjoy the coast!
(Second leg of
English coastal walk – Broadstairs to Lands End)
Map: L/R 194 and 193
Distance: 12 miles or 20 km approx
Terrain: coastal paths and some road
Access: Parking in Abbotsbury and Bridport.
Public transport: X53 bus operates between the two towns
about once an hour.
The walk starts on the coastal path south of Abbotsbury.
After half a mile or so look out for the “chocolate box” Lawrence Cottage with
its uninterrupted views of the sea. Continue along to the National Trust owned
West Bexington beach.
This next landmark on this peaceful stretch is Cogden Beach
also known as Burton Bradstock beach. This is a very popular spot with a large
car park. It is also famous as the place where Reggie Perrin, as played by
Leonard Rossiter, took his clothes off to fake his own death in the TV series.
Further along is East Cliff – the yellow sandstone cliffs on
this stretch are attractive but crumbling away. On the descent from the cliffs
is West Bay which lies at the mouth of the River Brit. Workers in West Bay have
provided the maritime world with quality rope, twines and nets for centuries.
Complete the walk by turning in land to Bridport. This town
has a number of interesting old buildings including many from the 18th
century in Main Street – the museum is housed in a 16th century
building. The town was referred to as Port Bredy in Thomas Hardy’s Wessex novels.
A few well known people are associated with the area including one of my
favourites, the politically left wing singer and songwriter Billy Bragg.
Photos are: West Bexington Beach; Lawrence Cottage; Burton Bradstock Beach; West Bay.