Champernhayes - cottages on west dorset coast

Luxury Holiday Cottages - West Dorset

 Luxury self catering holiday cottages ideal for walking and cycling in West Dorset

 

Out and About

If you are feeling active, you can try your hand at just about anything in West Dorset. Walkers can choose from miles of heritage coast path, a programme of over 300 guided coast and countryside walks and events, leisurely pub strolls or fascinating town trails. There is an excellent range of golf courses and riding centres as well as plenty of opportunities to fish inland or off the coast.
For the latest events and information visit: www.westdorset.com

Walking
west dorset coastWalking gives you the freedom to get off the beaten track and absorb the sights, sounds and scents of the countryside, to discover attractive villages with their picturesque cottages, fine old churches and welcoming pubs, to explore the nooks and crannies of historic towns full of architectural interest, or simply to admire the views.
Whether you prefer a relaxing ramble or an exhilarating trek, you will find West Dorset offers the perfect walking country. With miles of paths and tracks it is easy to take a short break from the noise and bustle of modern life and enjoy a little exercise at your own pace. Walks include:
• Liberty Trail
A 28 mile route across the hill and vales from Ham Hill to the Dorset coast of Lyme Regis following the footsteps that Monmouth’s men took in 1685.
• Wessex Ridgeway
Runs for 137 miles from Marlborough in Wiltshire to Lyme Regis and forms part of the Great Ridgeway, an ancient highway providing a long distance path through many of West Dorset’s most beautiful landscapes.
• The South West Coastal Path
• Monarch’s Way

Cycling
West Dorset is almost entirely designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a spectacular coastline, and is perfect for exploring on two wheels. You’ll find sleepy villages, bustling market towns, river valleys and gentle chalk downlands behind the famous Chesil Beach.
cycling around villages in dorset The NCN (National Cycle Network) is for all cyclists whether you’re a keen cyclist or just looking to have some fun, making the most of cycling in west Dorset.
NCN Route 2 in West Dorset is between Dorchester and the Devon border near Lyme Regis, approximately 30 miles. The entire route is manageable in one day, but has been designed to take in a number of West Dorset’s historic towns and picturesque villages.
The NCN Route 2 passes CHAMPERNHAYES enabling you to divide up the route and take detours, or plan your own trips off the main rote, and take tome discovering the real west Dorset for yourself.


World Heritage Site
Jurassic coast - wonderful walkingThe Jurassic Coast – England’s first natural World Heritage Site. This unique stretch of coastline has joined the ranks of the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as one of the wonders of the Natural World. The Dorset and East Devon coast has become a World Heritage Site due to its outstanding geology, which represents 186 million years of earth history in just 95 miles.
The best place to find fossils is in West Dorset – just remember that it is safer to look on the beach, not on the cliffs. It is also worth remembering that the ideal time to find fossils is during the winter months when the rough seas have washed away soft mud and clays, making the Jurassic Coast the perfect choice for a Winter break.
The Jurassic Coast is stunningly beautiful, with unparalleled range of natural features. The variety of beaches, bays and cliffs result in a constantly changing landscape, with such spectacular features as the Hooken Landslide, Chesil Beach and Durdle Door.
The coast is well served by the towns and villages, which act as gateways to the Jurassic site, and you will notice the changing character of the coast due to the use of local stone. Such famous stones as Beer, Portland and Purbeck have shaped the character of the towns and villages and have also been used in the construction of the finest buildings, Cathedrals and churches throughout the UK and the World.

The Eden Project
Less than 2 hours drive away, the Eden Project is a global garden for the 21st Century. In the humid Tropics Biome you can experience the sights, smells and sheer scale of the rain forest in the world’s largest greenhouse. Discover the tropical plants found in the products that you use every day and understand the ways in which they are being managed for the future.www.edenproject.com

Champernhayes
Wootton Fitzpaine, West Dorset, DT6 6DF
Tel 07724 539035

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