Wander & Explore...
Walks & Nature Trails
There are over 8 miles of circular walks around the farm. Breathtaking views, ancient woodlands and peaceful meadows - find a quiet corner to enjoy a picnic, or stop to enjoy the birdsong. The ridge of Coppet Hill offers panoramic views of Lyme Bay to the South and magnificent hills to the North.
There's plenty for kids too! Ours love getting muddy scrambling around the woods, and seeing what they can catch in one of our many wildlife ponds. But most of all, they enjoy exploring the secret holloways - ancient sunken pathways which are a feature of this part of the West Dorset.
Each year a new sunflower saunter is designed for our visitors to enjoy a 20-30 minute stroll. Throughout August our tea room is open for light refreshments, local cake and ice cream. There are plenty of benches around the farm for you to bring your own picnic and make a day of it.
Locally there are a number of pubs within walking distance! Our local, the 14th century Shave Cross Inn, is less than a mile away and serves food in its snug bar, restaurant and beer garden. Booking is advised.
Bridport's Palmers Brewery owns three fantastic pub that are within 2-3 miles: the world-famous Anchor Inn at Seatown, perched on the cliff below Golden Cap, is a particular favourite.
There's also the Ilchester Arms in the picture-postcard village of Symondsbury, and The George at Chideock.
Just ask and we'll give you a map with circular walks marked for all four!
Wonderful West Dorset
West Dorset is a land of bustling market towns, quiet country lanes, and of course the spectacular Jurassic Coast. Our nearest town, Bridport (15 mins), is famous for its twice-weekly street market (Weds & Sat), its vintage and antiques quarter, and a vibrant mix of independent shops and cafes. If it's fossils you're after, head for Lyme Regis (20 mins) and its iconic Cobb harbour. Mary Anning lived here, and there are dozens of fossil shops and museums, as well as the Marine Aquarium. On rainy days, Bridport Museum, Lyme Regis Museum and Dinosaurland are all excellent.
There are fantastic beaches at Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Seatown, Eype and West Bay - all within 15-20 minutes drive. Lyme's Broad Ledge is one of the best places in England for rockpooling, and West Bay is popular with paddle boarders and kayakers, both on the sea and the River Brit (you'll recognise its iconic cliffs from the ITV drama Broadchurch).
If you want to enjoy a view, the surrounding ancient hillforts are the place for you. Lambert's Castle, Pilsdon Pen and Lewesdon Hill - the highest point in Dorset - all overlook the farm. The National Trust owns much of the coastline, and Golden Cap is just a couple of miles away.
West Dorset also boasts two of the country's finest stately homes and gardens. Mapperton has been dubbed 'the nation's finest manor house' by Country Life Magazine, and won Historic Houses Garden of the Year in 2020. Lunches are served in the Coach House cafe. Forde Abbey is a former Cistercian monastery. The grounds are a diverse and breathtaking landscape of Kitchen Gardens, Arboretum, Rock Garden, Herbaceous Borders, Bog Garden, and Woodland Garden.
Axe Valley Wildlife Park is a small family-run zoo about 20 minutes away. Dorset Falconry Park (30 mins) offers amazing flying displays throughout the day. Monkey World is home to over 250 rescued apes and monkeys. It is about an hour's drive away.
All within easy reach are Abbotsbury Swannery and Sub-tropical Gardens, Dorset Wildlife Trust's Kingcombe Meadows and Powerstock Common, and the Seaton Wetlands, over the border in East Devon. Dorset's biggest tourist attractions - Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, The Tank Museum, Corfe Castle, Portland Bill - are all within an hour's drive.