Colmers Hill

From the little village of Symondsbury, walk along the permissive paths of the estate to Dorset’s most impressive Holloways. Hidden deep within the sandstone and amongst the roots of trees, it creates a secret and mystical atmosphere. Climb to the top of Colmer’s Hill, to stand at the peak, in the centre of the pine trees, with views across the rural countryside to the sea and beyond. Return to the village passing the old medieval doorway of Shute’s Farm and the 18th century Shute’s House to the 17th century Rectory, the medieval church and the school, still under the management of the ancient estate.

Distance:  2 miles/3km

Duration: 1-2 hours

Ability: Easy, steep but short climb to the top of Colmer’s Hill.

Max Height: 420ft.

Min Height: 100ft.

Total climb: 320ft.

Terrain: Track, path, road and field using permissive paths on the Symondsbury estate.

Map: OS Explorer 116 Lyme Regis and Bridport

Start Point: Colmer’s Hill Car Park, Symondsbury. (Postcode: DT6 6HQ, Grid Reference: SY445937, What Three Words: showdown.thudding.sweeter).

How to Get There: From Bridport travel west on the B3162. After about a mile, turn right onto Duck Street, signposted to Symondsbury. On arriving at a T-junction in the centre of the village, turn right. Take the second, tight, turning on the left to reach the car park.

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

Refreshments: In the village is The Ilchester Arms as well as Symondsbury Kitchen.

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