Eype and Thorncombe Beacon

Discover a secret of the Jurassic Coast, hidden down narrow roads, for only the brave to venture. The small village of Eype (Lower and Higher) sits on the river Eype as it meets the sea on the shingle beach at Eype Mouth. Walk back through the village and through ancient woodland to the historical landscape of Eype Down. Stop for an ice cream at Down Farm café before gently climbing to Doghouse Hill, where the oldest settlement in Dorset has been found. Follow the coastal path to Thorncombe Beacon, with its astonishing views from the Isle of Portland to Devon, to then descend the steep slopes back to the beach. Before arriving at the car park, passing the old hut used as a murder scene in the tv series ‘Broadchurch’.

Distance:  3 miles/5km

Duration: 2 hours

Ability: Easy.

Max Height: 500ft.

Min Height: 0ft.

Total climb: 520ft.

Terrain: Path, track, road and field.

Map: OS Explorer 116 Lyme Regis and Bridport

Start Point: Eype Beach car park – £5 for the day. (Postcode: DT6 6AL, Grid Reference: SY447910, What Three Words: manifests.whoever.showcase)

How to Get There: Care and patience is needed as the roads are very narrow as you approach Eype. From Bridport travel south out of the town to the roundabout. Take the 4th exit onto the A35. At the top of the hill and once under the bridge, turn left towards Eype. Follow the road around and take the second right. When the road forks take the right hand option, the car park is at the end of the road.

Dogs: In accordance with the Countryside Code and any notices on route. Welcome all year on the beach

Refreshments: Eype Eats is just up the road from the beach and about half way around is the Down Farm Café (open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-5:30). In the village of Lower Eype there is also Eype’s Mouth Country House Hotel and The New Inn.

The view from Eype car park

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