Dorset's diverse countryside and coastline provide excellent activities and opportunities for exploration on foot, horseback or bike.Read more...
The quaint village of Abbotsbury is a highlight of the valley © David Hughes, Shutterstock
Even the wildlife feels unthreatened – walking around the villages of the Bride Valley I saw a stoat, a fox and numerous rabbits all happily going about their business.
As you travel east from Bridport you are heading towards some utterly captivating scenery – the Bride Valley, the start of Chesil Beach and the village of Abbotsbury. The River Bride, which in parts is more a stream than a river, rises in Littlebredy and runs along a 6½-mile course to the sea at Burton Bradstock. The surrounding valley is a bucolic blend of rolling hills, woodland and small stone and thatched villages that remain genuine Dorset, and not Dorset dressed up for the tourist trade, with scarcely a trinket shop in sight. Even the wildlife feels unthreatened – walking around the villages of the Bride Valley I saw a stoat, a fox and numerous rabbits all happily going about their business. If you are looking for a quieter base within easy reach of the coast the Bride Valley is a good option.
The Bride Valley area provides some good walking country, some of which incorporates Neolithic sites such as the Kingston Russell Stone Circle and its neighbour, the long barrow known as the Grey Mare and her Colts.