Abbotsbury

Discover Abbotsbury and the Jurassic Coast Trail 

Abbotsbury on our Jurassic coast trail, is an exceptionally beautiful, historic stone and thatch village very close to Chesil Beach. As its name implies the village was based around an Abbey (Benedictine). Its tithe barn and St. Catherine’s Chapel on the hill are all that’s left of the medieval abbey, except for a stone archway and remnants of the abbey’s gatehouse. The tithe barn is now a popular Children’s Farm.

The story of Abbotsbury is steeped in the history of Dorset. Footscape trail guides provide detailed information on the history of the local area, but for an overview of the county’s history please click here  History of Dorset

Today Abbotsbury well known for its 14th century Swannery whose origins stem from the Abbey and for its Subtropical Gardens, both of which are  open to the public. In addition to many craft shops, galleries and tea-shops, there are two pubs in the village, as well as a post office and a local grocery shop. Abbotsbury is an ideal place either for a short break of 2-4 nights or for a longer stay to explore the western Jurassic Coast trail and the city of Dorchester. Abbotsbury is reached by train to Dorchester or Weymouth, followed by a 15 minute taxi ride. You will be accommodated in the heart of the village, with easy access to all amenities and trails.

About the Walks

Abbotsbury is set in the most gorgeous walking country. We have created a choice of five outstanding walks, following the Jurassic coast trail from West Bay, beside Chesil Beach and the Fleet (a lagoon), or inland along ancient ridgeway tracks overlooking the Jurassic Coast and into remote, unspoilt villages of the interior, including a stop beside a little-known lake belonging to an impressive country house. The trails vary in length from 7½ to 12 miles (12 to 19.5 kms), with opportunities to shorten the longest of them. One ends in Weymouth and another at some very attractive Water Gardens, from where you can catch the Jurassic Coast bus back to Abbotsbury.

Accommodation & Services

Abbotsbury is a delightful place to spend a holiday, although there is limited accommodation in the village; so please try to book early. We will give you our detailed and informative Jurassic coast Trail Guide, as well as the relevant ordnance survey map (with the Footscape trail highlighted), along with all other information that you will need for your holiday. Please check availability by completing our short enquiry form.

Rates

  Double / Twin Single
7+ nights.. from £85 from £120
4 to 6 nights from £90 from £125
2 to 3 nights from £95 from £130
Prices are per person per night and in £ Sterling

A2 – A comfortable B&B or simple village inn

A1 – A good hotel, inn or equivalent

A+ – A luxury hotel

Occasionally we may propose accommodation with a standard and price between A1 & A2. 10% discount for groups of 3 or more.

For very large groups (10+), please contact us. We can sometimes offer family rooms with special prices for children.

Please give us details on the enquiry form

Trail Highlights

  • Stunning coastal views from above Abbotsbury
  • The unspoilt village of Abbotsbury
  • The Swannery and Sub-Tropical Gardens
  • Chesil Beach and the Fleet
  • Bennetts Water Gardens
  • The spring-fed lake of Bridehead
  • Weymouth
  • Upwey Wishing Well.

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Julie Dysch UK October 2020

We have both had a lovely trip, very tiring, but very enjoyable. We've learnt a lot about the history of the area and also reading maps and that our waterproof coats need serious up grading. Thank you for organising this adventure for us. We certainly have our...

Julian Stuhler UK September 2020 (Dog walking holiday)

Just back home after a fantastic few days, and wanted to say a big thank-you for a very well-organised trip. All of the hotel/luggage arrangements worked out perfectly and the walking instructions and other information were fantastic. We both had an amazing time, and...

Carolyn Doorbar UK September 2020 (Dog walking holiday)

Really enjoying myself. Jess {the dog] is too            ...

Anne Marie Griffiths UK August 2020

We couldn't have asked for a better holiday …The trail guide took all the stress out of things so we could just relax and enjoy the walking. We particularly appreciated the route options - especially the ridgeway route from West Bexington to Abbotsbury, which was...

Chas & Sarah Geiger UK September 2020

Thank you so much for organising our Dorset walking trip. We really appreciated your careful consideration of how much walking we wanted to do each day and how you matched that to walks and hotels along the way. The guidance you provided, including the handy-sized...

Georgina Abrahams UK September 2020

We had a wonderful couple of days thank you.. the hotel {in Lyme Regis} was excellent, great location, beautiful setting and the service was second to none ….We were so lucky with the weather, it was all quite perfect thank you ....

Claire Pacariz UK August 2020

Thanks so much Debbie, I have had a wonderful time, despite the hot weather!               ...

Alison Littleboy UK July 2020

We were so grateful for the route guidance, and were able to help several others along the way! Your maps and timetables were just great Debbie, and made our walk a pleasure. Lots of happy memories, and pride in our...

Vicky Ellis UK July 2020

It was thoroughly amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed all our walks. Beautiful scenery and fantastic vistas. We both had a great time what a beautiful place. I’m sure we will return. Thank you for arranging such great routes for us.  

Ginny Nixon UK July 2020

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