When you’re in and around Burton Bradstock it’s all about the great outdoors and enjoying some of England’s most spectacular beaches and views. The area is home to some fantastic circular walks suitable for all abilities so it’s time to grab your walking boots and your picnic and get ready to explore. Try the walk beginning from Cogden Beach car park and enjoy the views as you hike along the cliff tops and return through the picturesque village.
Hive beach is a popular beach for families thanks to the golden sands and dramatic cliffs. Hive Beach is part of the Jurassic Coast which covers 95
incredible miles of coastline dating back 185 million years! Dogs are welcome
on the beach and if you’re lucky and it’s a clear day, you’ll be able to see all the way to Portland and to the East Devon Coast.
Other beautiful beaches in the area include Chesil Beach, just a few minutes from
Burton Bradstock. The beach is particularly stunning and unique as much of the beach is separated from the mainland by saline water called the Fleet Lagoon. This huge natural sandbank has made the beach one of the UK’s impressive natural wonders.
Abbotsbury Beach is also nearby and is a popular spot for Mackerel Fishing. The
pebble and shingle beach has stunning views out to Weymouth and Portland.
Bigger and braver kids and adults alike won’t want to miss the chance to go paragliding, available in West Bexington, a 10 minute drive from Burton Bradstock. Begin your adventure on one of the stunning cliff tops and soar through the beautiful countryside as the breeze lifts you through the sky. Flying Frenzy offer taster days and coaching with a team of dedicated and knowledgeable staff.
Smaller children will enjoy Abbotsbury Children’s Farm, located close to Abbotsbury Beach. Kids can cuddle the guinea pigs, bottle feed the lambs, ride the ponies, race the tractors and take part in lots of fun activities. The onsite café is a popular spot for lunch and served local Dorset produce.
Abbotsbury Swannery is also nearby and is the only place in the world where you can walk through a nesting colony of Mute Swans. You will see the cute and fluffy cygnets and may even catch them hatching if you visit between May and June.
Nature lovers will enjoy Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens where you will find a rare and exotic 30-acre garden. The beautiful garden houses unusual plants and flowers and the enchanted floodlit garden is well worth a visit around Halloween time. Keep an eye on the events schedule for outdoor concerts and theatre performances, Easter egg hunts and brass bands.
Visitors can’t miss a trip to The Anchor Inn Bar and Restaurant, a traditional pub with a nautical twist. The refurbished stable bar has three stylish restaurant areas serving some of the best seafood in the area. Freshly caught fish is servedin a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Seafood lovers should try the seafood platter for two people which comes with half a grilled lobster, West Bay crab, locally dived scallops, Thai fishcakes, smoked haddock and chorizo fishcakes, assorted fillets of fish, steamed mussels, coconut prawns, tempura prawns, savoury prawn rice, garlic bread and salad.
The Three Horseshoes at Powerstock is another great option for locally brewed ales in a traditional country pub setting. Try The Marquis of Lorne at Nettlestock for an award winning 16th century country pub which is great for a quick pint,lunch or dinner.
For lazy lunches on the beach, head to Hive Beach Café for seafood feasts in a beautiful setting. If you’ve enjoyed the tasty treats you’ve been sampling in and around Burton Bradstock then head to one of the farm shops. Stock up on organic, locally produced food and delicacies to take a little bit of Burton Bradstock home with you. If you’ve visiting in May then make sure you check out the Spring Tide Food Festival, it’s a foodie dream come true!