Enjoy a climb to Colmers Hill and enjoy wonderful views over the Dorset countryside and coast. The hill is located just to the west to the town of Bridport, providing great views over the town. The hill is a distinctive landmark of the area with its conical shape, topped by pine trees.
Start the walk from the little village of Symondsbury where footpaths will take you up to the hill top. It's quite a steep climb but you are rewarded with splendid views of rolling hills and the Jurassic Coast. In the springtime you may also see bluebells around the summit.
After taking in the views the route continues west toward Quarry Cross. Here you pick up Shute's Lane to descend back to the village. Here you can enjoy refreshments at the excellent Symondsbury Kitchen, where there is a lovely garden to sit out in.
To extend your walking in the area head south to the Jurassic Coast where you can pick up the West Bay to Seatown Walk.
The Monarch's Way also passes just to the north of the hill. You could pick it up and head east into Bridport or start the walk from the town and use the trail to reach the area near to the hill.
Colmers Hill Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Colmers Hill Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Colmers Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Colmers Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
In Symondsbury there's the Ilchester Arms for some rest and refreshment after your exercise. The historic thatched inn dates from the 15th century and includes oak beams and a huge open fireplace. Other features include a car park, skittle alley and a lovely lawned garden for the warmer months. You can find them at postcode DT6 6HD for your sat navs.
It's a great walk for fit dogs and the local pub mentioned above also welcomes our four legged friends.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The longer Symondsbury Walk visits the hill, the coast and the neighbouring town of Bridport from the little village. The settlement includes an ancient church and several picturesque thatched cottages.
Just a couple of miles to the east of Bridport there's the worthy little village of Shipton Gorge where you can enjoy a climb to Shipton Hill and visit the splendid 15th century church of St Martin.