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Ramble from the George Inn West Bay

30th April 2019 (9:15am - 2:00pm)

Andy Pugsley and Jo Melvin are organising the Ramble from West Bay to Thorncombe Beacon with Lunch at  the George Inn West Bay.

Andy can be contacted on 07484774626 or 01935 428753 (eve) or email

The George Inn, West Bay DT6 4HA

Please Assemble at the West Bay main car park by 9.15am, it will cost you £2 for an all day ticket. Toilet facilities are available here, the walk will start at 9.30 sharp so please allow enough travelling time to get to West bay. (Approx 45 mins from Yeovil)

The walk is approx 5 miles, with two resonable climbs about a mile each in the first half.

Outbound is along the SW Coast - path with the return leg a flatter mixture of lanes and public footpaths. As always might be muddy in places, there is only one stile (Hooray). It is hoped to return to the George Inn by 12.30pm for lunch at 12.50.

The meal will cost £9.50 for mains and £13.50 with a pudding.


Walk from West Bay 30th April 2019 

The morning of the walk was sunny with a cooling breeze but unfortunately it was very hazy, so visibility was poor.

We set off on time and after only a short distance, we stopped for a group picture by the harbour in front of the building used as the police station in the TV drama, Broadchurch.

Along the seafront we had to pick our way through a construction site to reach the point where the coast path rises up West cliff.

The coast path was then followed past Eype Mouth to the junction with the path to Down House Farm. At this point a few of the members elected to walk on to the café at Down House Cottage to have a coffee and to await the arrival of the fitter members of the group who were first walking to Thornecombe Beacon. After the main party returned from the beacon they walked to Down House Farm and the café. Unfortunately a small group were left behind at the café and it was not until they reached Lower Eype that they caught up with the main party.

The route then took us round the southern edge of Lower Eype to St Peter’s Church and on to a point close to Highlands Farm where we had another group picture looking across the valley to Bridport.

Continuing on in a southerly direction the path brought us into a relatively new estate of bungalows behind West Cliff and then along Forty Foot Way to the sluices at the head of the harbour. From here it was a short walk to return to our starting point at the car park.

Just over forty members turned out for this walk which followed the same route as that walked last September, when the members were battered by a strong wind. This time it was calmer and warmer but none the less strenuous.

Thanks to Andy and Jo for organising an interesting walk and a good venue for lunch

The next walk, in May, will be from The Windwhistle Inn.

Andy calling us to order in the car park

Having a quiet stroll around the harbour before tackling the slopes. John looking cool and happy in his shades.

The group outside the building used in the TV drama, "Broadchurch", as a police station

Do you remember the bronze multi-sided threepenny pieces?

This is sea thrift growing alongside the path up West Cliff.

It was the flower shown on the reverse side of the coin.

Walking away from West Bay on the coast path

This was the same place last September!

On the way up West Cliff

Having arrived at the top, a pause for breath. Everybody was curious about the ship that can be seen through the haze.

It was The "Mobile Pearl". A bulk carrier built in Japan in 1984. Deadweight tonnage 43944t. Registered in the Bahamas and owned in Cyprus. It was anchored off Burton Bradstock waiting for a berth in Portland Harbour.

Heading down to Eype Mouth. The high point, visible in the distance, is Thorncombe Beacon, the high point on the walk.

Dropping into the steep sided gully, cut by the stream, at Eype Mouth. Note the WW2 pill box peeping out through the vegetation on the edge of the gully.

Crossing the stream at Eype Mouth

A pause to look at the beach. During the war this beach was used by a Canadian Army unit during an exercise to train for the Dieppe Raid.

A building just above the car park at Eype Mouth used as a crime scene in the TV drama "Broadchurch"

Looking back eastwards, over Eype Mouth, to West Bay.

On the way to Thorncombe Beacon, the high point ahead.

I and several others stopped at this point, where the path to Lower Eype and Downhouse Farm leaves the Coast Path. The rest of the party walked on up to Thorncombe Beacon.

Taking a breather after returning from Thorncombe Beacon.

A sheep posing in front of Down House

The Lane near Down House Farm 

In Lower Eype

Dave and Denzil having a chat

Another group picture opportunity with Bridport in the background. Note another WW2 pillbox in the left of the picture

Walking back into West Bay 

Waiting for lunch