A Great Coastal Walk to the West

There are four enticing walk prospects to the west from Beach House for the stroller, keener walker, the serious and the adventurer. All start going up the gravel path on West Cliff and tackling the first modest cliff before coming down for a swim at the cosy Eype Mouth Beach. Eype House, a few metres inland, has its own shop, catering for every day needs as well as serving teas, coffees, cream teas, ice creams and snacks in the garden.

For a real treat it is worth tackling the next section through the car park at Eype Mouth, past the old wooden beach house on the edge of the cliff, over the stile and onto the South West Coast Path on Monarch’s Way and through Down House Farm. Half a mile or so another stile is to be climbed for a right turn towards Down House Café, another half mile or so inland. This is a real gastronomic treat with great views over the Chesil Beach to Portland in the far distance.

The next section back to Monarch’s Way from Down House Café takes you on a right course up to Thorncombe Beacon, one of the many such beacons put up on England’s south coast to warn of the possible invasion by the Spanish Armada in 1588. A more level bit of walking marks the beginning of the gentle descent to Seatown and The Anchor Inn and the possibility of a well-earned pint or meal.

Adventurers will now come into their own with a serious bit of walking to the top of Golden Cap, at 191 metres the highest point on the south coast of Great Britain and the spectacular Lyme Bay spread out below you. That’s a full day out!

If the trek back is too daunting the alternative is to head north to the A35 from either Golden Cap or Seatown and catch one of the two buses going to Bridport (every hour) and West Bay (every two hours).

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