Shipton Gorge

Shipton Gorge surrounded by countryside
If you’re touring around West Dorset on a visit or holiday then coming to Shipton Gorge is highly recommended. Come and explore this small, but beautiful village which is divided into old and new, and it’s set amongst glorious rolling hills and farmland.

For those that love the countryside you’ll be delighted and rewarded with Shipton Gorge enjoying peaceful and idyllic walks with outstanding views along the paths, bridleways and quiet lanes…

shipton hill
A great view of Shipton Hill

⇒ Shipton Gorge at a glance

  • Delightful countryside and village walks
  • Shipton Hill & Hammiton Hill with outstanding views
  • Old and new parts to Shipton Gorge village
  • The beautiful Church of St Martin
  • The New Inn village pub
  • Walks to Walditch and on to Bridport
  • Playing field for the families
  • Close to Bridport, Burton Bradstock & West Bay
  • The outstanding scenic B3157 Jurassic coastal road nearby
view of the sea above Shipton Gorge
Glorious views above Shipton Gorge

Visit Shipton Gorge… and you’ll discover a delightful and beautiful Dorset village, easily missed, against a backdrop of rolling hills and farmland and great for exploring the footpaths and bridleways. It’s a great little village when you’re just venturing inland.

Shipton Gorge is approximately 2 miles from the coast and the delightful village of Burton Bradstock, and only 3 miles from idyllic old market town of Bridport.

Explore the lanes in shipton gorge
Delightful walks in and around Shipton Gorge

Exploring… the village is easy! Divided into the old in the lower part and the new above, Shipton Gorge is set in some of the most beautiful and rural Dorset countryside around. Unfortunately the farms have long since disappeared but the farmland remains providing outstanding countryside views.

looking over to Shipton Hill
Shipton Hill but a different view point

Take a walk… to the prominent point of the village, and which can be seen for miles around at approximately 180m, to the iconic landmark and possibly ancient village of Shipton Hill. Just below is also Hammiton Hill at approximately 121m. There are footpaths leading to these hills so go exploring and enjoy the views!

looking over to west bay
High above Shipton Gorge looking over to West Bay

Walking is fun… and there are idyllic and peaceful walks along footpaths, bridleways and quiet lanes to discover, away from the hustle and bustle of life. Explore the idyllic and part wooded walks from Shipton to Walditch and you’ll see some of the most amazing views on the way. You certainly won’t be disappointed!

a dorset holloways footpath
One of Dorset’s mysterious holloways footpaths

Love churches… then perched higher up a hill, so typical of traditional English churches, in the old part of the village is the delightful village church of St Martin and has an early 15th century tower. Walk around the church and discover some of the most outstanding and stunning views of the village as well as around the area.

Pop in to… The New Inn, a delightful community village pub, which has been refurbished recently, where there’s always a warm welcome on arrival at a typical Dorset village inn.

Just below the New Inn and around the corner there’s a wonderful playground for kids to play in a safe surrounding.

Idyllic and peaceful walks along footpaths, bridleways and quiet lanes!
time for a break above shipton gorge
Relaxing above Shipton Gorge with glorious views
Shipton Gorge with amazing views is a delightful countryside village!

⇒ Info Point

Your holiday Information Point (with links) to find out more on what to see and do in Shipton Gorge and the surrounding area.