Follow the little stream of the River Brit. Discover the ancient manors of Slape and Melplash that sit on the river banks, their designed parks still dominating the surrounding landscape. Explore the remains of old industries which used the power of the water but today have been washed away, the ruins now the river path. Find the modest cottages that complement the estates but have made their own history, one appearing as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage, inspiring many to create their own idyllic country life. Pass through Melplash with its Salvation, Education and Ruination corner, having only lost the education, to return via Oxbridge, a small hamlet with no school or church and its own ruination now two thatched cottages.  

Distance: 3.5 miles/5.5km

Duration: 2 hours

Ability: Easy.

Max Height: 275ft.

Min Height: 80ft.

Total climb: 250ft.

Terrain: Track, path, road and field.

Map: OS Explorer 116 Lyme Regis to Bridport and OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas to Bere Regis.

Start Point: The Hare and Hounds, Waytown. (Postcode: DT6 5LQ, Grid Reference: SY469978, What Three Words: glory.flank.artichoke).

How to Get There: From Bridport, travel north out of the town on Victoria Grove, to then become Pymore Road. At the T-junction turn left, crossing over the River Brit, to then take the next right hand lane, signposted for Waytown. Stay on the same road for about two miles with the pub appearing on the right hand side.

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

Refreshments: At the start and finish of the walk is The Hare and Hounds in Waytown and half way around is The Half Moon in Melplash.

Neighbouring walks: Netherbury, North Poorton, Powerstock, Loders and Salwayash.

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