If you were to imagine a traditional English little village sat amongst undulating lush green countryside then Shipton Gorge is just that. Perfectly positioned in an area of outstanding beauty, in the heart of the Bride Valley, this charming village has won many community awards including ‘Best small village in Dorset’. The village is made up of an orchard, a village pub and stone cottages, with an ample selection of walks and unrivalled views across Dorset.
Shipton Hill is a green viewing point. It is a steep healthy walk, but when you get to the top you are rewarded with the most stunning views southwards towards the sea and to the north, the never ending green of the West Dorset hills, separated by the typically English hedgerows and the splendid Golden Cap.
The vibrant market town of Bridport is just 3 miles away so you really can have the best of both worlds. A relaxing stay in a holiday cottage in the most peaceful of villages, and then perhaps some arts and culture in Bridport, or a fine meal in one of the many fine dining establishments. The regular and very popular markets are worth a visit if you fancy sampling some of Dorset’s finest produce, of which there is a lot, or perhaps a stroll around the vintage antique fair which has somewhat of a carnival atmosphere.
The Beach at Burton Bradstock is just a 5 minute drive away. Here you will find the famous Hive Beach Café, where you can sit and enjoy legendary crab sandwiches and hand-dived scallops.
Step outside your cottage and go for a long bracing walk, or a thoughtful meander. The National Trust countryside around Shipton Gorge and Burton Bradstock is a working landscape, criss-crossed by footpaths, just waiting for you to explore. Dogs are more than welcome to join you, as long as they are put on a lead when passing farm animals.
A holiday cottage in Shipton Gorge enables you to enjoy the many different aspects of Dorset. The amazing Jurassic coastline, the lush green countryside, the traditional English sleepy village vibe, the cosy village pub for quiet afternoons or the buzz of Bridport for the more energetic.