Burton Bradstock:free for all you National Trust members

burton bradstock

Burton Bradstock lies at the west end of Chesil Beach and makes the place where cliffs take over again on the

Jurassic Coast The rock here is still form the Jurassic period and consists of alternate layers of hard and soft sandstone with limestone above.

However it is the beach that is of more interest to most people.Chesil beach is made up of large pebbles which gradulally get smaller as you move westwards,so by the time you arrive at Burton Bradstock the sand is fine enough to sit on.

Access to the beach is from the B3157 which runs from

Abbotsbury to Bridport.If you are coming from the east look out for a turning to the left as you enter the village which indicates the beach.Drive down here and you will be met by National Trust people who will relieve you of £3.50 though if you are a member it is free.Park your car and it is a short walk to the beach.

If you want to avoid paying this charge if you continue on the main road into the village there is another turning on the left about 100m after the turn to the National Trust car park.There is a sign here which reads" no access to the beach".This is not true.

There IS access at the end of the road on foot, which is just slightly further away from the beach than the National Trust car park.

The only problem here is you are parking in the street,so the space gets taken early in the morning on a hot day.

Also if you park here you can walk along the cliff top to the right of the beach. This is the more interesting side as the cliffs are high and give good views towards Lyme Regis and into Devon.The South West Coastal Path runs along here and you can go east also towards West Bexington.

west bexington

West Bexington lies about halfway between Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury,and gives direct access to Chesil beach where the slope of the beach is more pronounced and the pebbles bigger.Acess is again off the B3157.You pass a caravan site then down hill all the way to the beach.Here there is a car park where the charge is £3.50 for the day.

There is a cafe and public toilets just behind the car park.For something stronger go back up the hill and look for the Manor Hotel on the right, which has accommodation at £125 per night for a double room including breakfast.They can cater for up to 58 guests for functions such as weddings and dinner parties. Go

for more information.

This part of Chesil beach is less popular with sunbathers but more popular with anglers.This is a very popular site for catching Mackerel which come in shore in large numbers during the summer.

You will see lots of fishing rods to the left and right of the car park so if you want to lie on the beach it would be better to go further west.As usual pick up your rubbish when you leave.

There is a good stock of large houses here.I saw this large 4 bedroom property

west bexington House

whilst on my visit .All new with 2 en suite bathrooms,asking price £669,950.Call the agent Goadsby 01308 455455 .

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