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Local Dorset Walks

There are a number of local National Trust walks close to Rudge Farm which will allow you to see some of Dorset’s unique geology and natural habitats whilst enjoying the Dorset coast and countryside.

 
 

National Trust Walks in Dorset

West Bexington nature’s harvest walk

Distance 2½ miles from Rudge Farm Cottages

Start West Bexington Beach car park

Following a short stretch of the Dorset South West Coast Path, this walk takes in the area around Chesil Beach, an 18-mile long “barrier beach” that shelters Weymouth from the erosion caused by the prevailing wind and waves. Fishermen are a common sight on the Dorset coastline. Further inland, the wide hedgerows offer excellent habitats for birds, and the nearby nature reserve offers further bird-spotting opportunities.

Lambert’s Castle hilltop views walk in Marshwood

Distance 12 miles from Rudge Farm Cottages

Start Lambert’s Castle car park

Dorset’s countryside is scattered with forts, castles, gun emplacements and other fortifications. There are several recognisable ancient monuments in the county, including the two Iron Age hill forts featured in this walk. Lambert’s Castle offers fine views of the surrounding area, with the coast visible on clear days. The medieval fishpond is also well worth a visit – it is now a wildlife habitat, with kingfishers known to visit on occasion.

Burton Bradstock walk

Distance 3 miles from Rudge Farm Cottages

Start Burton Bradstock car park

This short circular walk along golden Burton Cliff takes in some spectacular clifftop views of the Dorset coast. Hive beach below is part of the fascinating stony beach coastline around Lyme Bay. It was a key landing stage for smugglers, and folklore says that a local fisherman or smuggler could tell exactly where he was on the beach at night or in fog simply by looking at the size of the pebbles.

The regular rock falls often expose fascinating fossils; you can compare finds or simply enjoy the view with some fine fresh fish at the Hive Beach Café.

Langdon Hill Walk Golden Cap

Distance 10 miles from Rudge Farm Cottages

Start Langdon Hill car park

This leisurely walk takes in views towards Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast, which gets its name from minerals in the rock that glisten a rusty-gold when exposed in the sunlight.

This is another stretch of Dorset countryside full of history, from burial mounds to ancient landscape, while the woods fill with wild flowers in the summer months. Stonebarrow Hill, close by, is a great starting point for a network of footpaths, including the family-friendly interactive Smugglers’ Trail.

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What Our Guests Say...

Just spent a long weekend here and must say thoroughly enjoyed it. Stayed in Carter's cottage, lovely and warm and cosy and spotlessly clean. Went with our daughter and one year old grandson. Perfect for families so much there to do - would love to go back in the summer months although weather was kind to us sunny but cold. Very well equipped all you could possibly want with good local pubs.

Susan, Surrey

Great location to explore West Dorset - We had a really lovely stay at Rudge Farm. As our first visit to West Dorset it was an ideal location to explore the coastline. The kids really enjoyed the activities on site too including the boating on the lake, the games room and tennis court. The local farm shop was fab and did lovely fresh bread, yummy cheese, and veg. Thanks for a great holiday and we would definitely recommend it to other people.

Caroline, Brighton

If your looking for a peaceful holiday in the deep countryside this is perfect.The wildlife is great with so much to see and the most wonderful walks on your doorstep.Pigsty cottage was excellent for us and the view from the cottage was stunning.

Toby, Carmarthen

Relaxing weekend - The accommodation was lovely, clean and tidy. Quiet and relaxing. I went away with my husband for a peaceful weekend break and that is exactly what we got. But on the other hand the place well equipped for children and so we will be back with our children next time. Plenty of things to do locally for children and couples.

Megan, Towcester

Great family fun - We had a great family trip with 14 of us sharing three adjacent cottages to celebrate a family birthday. Whilst we were only there for two nights, the facilities on site were great and kept the three children entertained and busy.

Simon, Cambridge
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