GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Lamberts Castle to Coneys Castle Walk

5 miles (8 km)

Enjoy wonderful views over Dorset's beautiful Marshwood Vale on this circular walk near Bridport. The walk visits the ancient hill forts of Lambert's Castle and Coney's Castle, making use of the Wessex Ridgeway and various other footpaths, bridleways and country lanes. It is an interesting and varied walk passing through heathland, acid grassland and woodland. The views across the Marshwood Vale to the coast are stunning on a clear day. The area is also rich in wildlife which includes meadow pipit, stonechat, green woodpecker, yellowhammer, willow warbler, redstart, tree creeper and nuthatch.
The walk begins at the National Trust car park and heads to the 2500 year old Lambert's Castle. You then pick up the Wessex Ridgeway and head south to Coney's Castle.
Public footpaths then take you to the pretty Fishpond Bottom with its lovely, tranquil pond. Shortly after you return to the finish point back at the car park.

Postcode

DT6 6NN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Lamberts Castle to Coneys Castle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Lamberts Castle to Coneys Castle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Old Inn is located just north west of the car park in Hawkchurch village. The inn has a history stretching back to the 16th century. They serve good quality food and also provide rooms if you'd like to stay in the area. A stroll around the unspoilt village of Hawkchurch will also make a pleasant extension to your outing. You can find them at postcode EX13 5XD for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woodland trails on the route are ideal for dog walking so you'll probably meet other owners on your visit.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To the north east there's another interesting historical site at Pilsdon Pen. Here you'll find the second highest point in Dorest topped with an Iron Agehill fort where the remains of 14roundhouseshave been uncovered. Just east of here the highest point in the county can be reached at Lewesdon Hill.
Just to the south is the popular coastal town of Lyme Regis where you can pick up the Lyme Regis to Charmouth Walk, Lyme Regis to Golden Cap Walk, Lyme Regis to Seaton Undercliff Walk and Lyme Regis to West Bay Walk.
To the west is Axminster where you can enjoy a pleasant riverside stroll along the River Axe.
Also nearby is the climb to the lovely viewpoint at Colmers Hill from the picturesque village of Symondsbury. The historic village includes an ancient church and a noteworthy 15th century, thatched pub.
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.

Photos

Lambert's Castle - geograph.org.uk - 3181078

Lambert's Castle

Cattle below Lambert's Castle Hill - geograph.org.uk - 472109

Cattle below Lambert's Castle Hill. Hawkchurch Footpath 16 crosses this field just below the B3165. The view in the background includes Grighay Farm, on the border of SY3701 and SY3801, and Payne's Down to the right.

Lambert's Castle - geograph.org.uk - 1716658

Lovely view across the countryside

Ewe on the edge of Marshwood Vale (geograph 2830522)

Ewe on the edge of Marshwood Vale

West from Coney's Castle - geograph.org.uk - 3179417

West from Coney's Castle

Within Coney's Castle - geograph.org.uk - 3179158

Within Coney's Castle

Murky day at Fishpond Bottom - geograph.org.uk - 3180866

Fishpond Bottom

Car Park, Lambert's Castle Hill - geograph.org.uk - 472310

Car Park, Lambert's Castle Hill. The track on the right leads from the B3165 to the National Trust car park by the trees. The grassy area in the foreground is doubtless used as an overflow.

Elevation Profile

Video

GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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