12 Walks of Christmas - Day 12 - The Dorset Gap
Our 12th and final walk is brought to you by Meredith Holmes, Property Auction Manager, who describes her personal favorite walk up to the Dorset Gap.
I am lucky enough to live amongst what is known as some of Dorset’s best walking country, and the 3- mile route from my front door up to the Dorset Gap is no exception. Whatever the season, the scenery is breath-taking, whether it be crisp winter mornings, beautiful autumnal afternoons or summers days when it so clear that you can see the coast glistening somewhat 20 miles in the distance!
The footpath ascends through Melcome Park with some lovely views towards Bullbarrow and back over the villages of Ansty and Melcombe Bingham. Once at the gap, the highest point of the walk, and on a clear day, you can see as far as Alfred’s Tower to the North and the Dorset Coastline to the South.
The route then descends along a narrow winding path through an almost mystical woodland where you can find an old picnic box containing a book for visitors to record their impressions of the famous Dorsetshire Gap. The winding path leads down to Higher Melcombe Manor with its impressive chapel, dating back to 1302, before heading back towards Melcombe Bingham via a treelined private driveway.
We suggest The Fox Inn at nearby Ansty after the walk, where two and four legged patrons will receive a warm welcome.
If you'd like this stunning walk to be on your doorstep, see the range of lovely village properties we are currently offering locally here.