West Dorset Attractions
There is plenty to do in the local West Dorset area. Gerrards Farm is just 5 miles from the bustling market town of Bridport, with Wednesday and Saturday markets and independent shops. We are just 8 miles from historic Lyme Regis, famous for The Cobb.
West Bay, a lovely working harbour which has recently been featured in the recent Broadchurch TV series, is just 7 miles away and nearby Beaminster and Axminster market towns are also well worth a visit.
Why not include Walking with Llamas during your stay or spend some time learning about fossil hunting. Enjoy a tour of the nearby local wine estate, Furleigh Estate or take some time to visit the local coast and marine wildlife at The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. Following the coast to Chesil Beach, Abbotsbury Swannery and Subtropical Gardens is always a good day out.
Walking and Cycling in West Dorset
The Monarch's Way passes through Gerrards Farm. It is a long-distance footpath in England that approximates the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester.
The Jurassic Coast, which stretches for 95 miles, is just a short 5 mile drive away from Gerrards Farm which also incorporates The South West Coast Path. A variety of walks can be started and finished along the beautiful West Dorset coastline, many along bus routes so that one-way walks are often possible.
In addition, The Wessex Ridgeway Trail, a magnificent ridge-top route crossing Dorset's rural heartland is accessible from the farm with the National Cycle Network Route 2 passing through Marshwood Vale, within which Gerrards Farm sits.
West Dorset Events
There are many events throughout the year in West Dorset but below are the ones that many of our previous guests have enjoyed and have returned to visit.
Bridport Vinyl Saturday Record and CD Fair - 19th May, 18th Aug, 17th Nov
Bridport Food Festival - 16th June 2018
Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week - 27th July to 3rd August
Shave Cross Mini Marathon - 4th August 2018
Melplash Show - 23rd August 2018
Bridport Hat Festival - 1st September 2018
Dorset County Show - 1-2nd September 2018
Dorset Knob Throwing and Food Festival - TBC in 2019
Great Dorset Steam Fair - 23rd - 27th August 2018
Bridport Carnival and Torchlight Procession - 18th August 2018
Interesting Shops, Restaurants and Tea Rooms
The nearby village of Broadwindsor has a wonderfully large craft centre with excellent restaurant or visit Washing Pool Farm Shop with cafe on the outskirts of Bridport. Dorset is known for its unique Dorset Knob Biscuits and these can be purchased at the Moores Biscuit Shop in Morcombelake. Whilst in the village, why not visit Annie's Tea Room serving wonderful cream teas.
Why not spend time browsing up and down Lyme Regis' Broad Street which is full of independent and quirky shops. Whilst there, enjoy a drink along one of the many seafront coffee shops, notably The Lyme Bay is worth a visit.
Good local eating places in the area include The New Inn at Stoke Abbott and Shave Cross Inn, the two closest pubs to Gerrards Farm. Slightly further afield, why not try The Ilchester Arms in Symondsbury and The West Bay Hotel. The Bridge House Hotel, Beaminster offers a full a la carte menu.