Shipton Gorge

A hidden village at the foot of the little known Shipton Hillfort. The slopes and valleys scattered with woodland, farmsteads and old manor houses. Pass the rare real tennis court, built to impress a king, while negotiating the steep and wild landscape on the old medieval trackways. All in the company of wide open views over West Dorset, the Jurassic Coast and a number of other ancient Hillforts.

Distance:  5 miles/8km

Duration: 2 hours

Ability: Medium – a couple of big climbs.

Max Height: 540ft.

Min Height: 640ft.

Total climb: 300ft.

Terrain: Track, path road and field.

Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis.

Start Point: Shipton Gorge Village Hall Car park. (Postcode: DT6 4LY, Grid Reference: SY497914, What Three Words: recruiter.clenching.upset).

How to Get There: From Bridport, head east on the A35. Soon after the road turns back into single lanes, turn right towards Shipton Gorge. Follow it into the village and at the crossroads, turn right. Turn right again onto Church Lane to park safely out of the way. It’s a little steep so if you struggle there are other options in the village.

Dogs: In accordance with the Countryside Code and any notices on route.

Refreshments: In the village is The New Inn

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