There are many circular walks through the countryside surrounding Bridport and West Bay. With spectacular views and diverse wildlife, it is worth scheduling in a walk or two during your visit. It’s the Best way to appreciate the wonderful views of the Jurassic Coast.
Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and The Jurassic Coast Trust have worked together to produce a number of short walks for you to enjoy: https://jurassiccoast.org/visit/walking-the-jurassic-coast/
Breathtaking views are provided by countless rolling hills around Bridport including: Allington Hill, Watton Hill, Bothenhampton Hill and Thorncombe Beacon. Further afield visits Golden Cap (the highest point on England’s south coast), Stonebarrow, Langdon Woods, , Lambert’s Castle Hill, Pilsdon Pen, Eggardon Hill and Hardy’s Monument.
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Bridport Community Orchard
The Bridport Community Orchard is a heaven of peace and tranquility in the heart of Bridport enjoyed by people and wildlife. It began in January 2009 with the planting of 23 half standard apple trees. The second planting, in February 2010, brought the total number of fruit trees to 58. In all there are 47 different named varieties: 35 half standards, 16 apple cordons, 4 espaliers (1 apple and 3 pears), 2 gage fans, a black mulberry and a quince. The Orchard also acts as a repository for rare and locally successful tree varieties that have survived the test of time and often years of neglect.
A 70-metre hedge was planted as part of the first day of action in January 2009. It forms a boundary between the orchard and the allotments. We wanted to make the hedge work hard for us so it is primarily native traditional hedge plants with extra wildlife-friendly fruits and cultivar varieties of edible soft fruits. The hedge was laid in the traditional way (Southern Counties style) in February 2015. The long grass underneath the hedge is now home to slow worms, small mammals and insects.
The ground cover within the main orchard is being left as a meadow, with mown pathways and a central circle for events. An area of wildflower meadow is scythed and the grass raked up and removed yearly by the orchard volunteers.
The apples are harvested and turned into juice which is sold to generate the income needed to maintain the orchard.
Bridport Community Orchard is maintained by volunteers who meet on the first Sunday of every month to carry out the tasks relevant to the time of year, for example pruning towards the end of January and fruit thinning in early July.