south west coast path
11th january 2014
Today's weather forecast looks like it will be fantastic, especially considering the amount of rain we've had recently, and does, indeed, turn out to be bright, sunny and warm. Must make the most of it as it doesn't look like it will last vey long.
Today is Bridport Farmers' Market day which is a perfect excuse for heading out to the South West Coast Path at West Bay. The farmers' market is held on the second Saturday of every month in the Arts Centre (@BridportArts).
Producers attending the market today included :-
- Barley Sugar Bakehouse (@TheBarleySugar) - yummy treacle tart with orange and ginger today
- Bothen Hill Produce (@bothenhill)
- Bridge Farm Cider
- Bridport Gourment Pies (@bridportpies)
- Daisy's Woodland Chicken
- Dorset Coffee
- Elwell Fruit Farm
- Fussels (@andy_fuss)
- Homemade by Lizzie and Bekki- the baking birds (@bekkibemrose and @lizzibakingbird)
- Leakers Bakery (@leakersbakery)
- Meat Free Martha (@meatfreemartha)
- Mere Fish Farm (@MereFishFarm)
- Stockland Venison
- Woolsery Cheese (@woolserycheese)
- Wyld Meadow Farm
Here I head inland slightly, walking through the holiday park - it's pretty dead at this time of year - and then through fields to reach Burton Bradstock. I turn left to walk through part of the village and then head towards St Mary's church. I cross the stream that burbles away here and then cross fields to reach Hive Beach.
Often I'll continue walking along Cogden Beach before doubling back on myself, crossing fields to reach the National Trust car park above Cogden but today is a short walk day so I end my walk by the Hive Beach Cafe, which is closed this week for annual maintenance but is open for business again on Monday.
FLORA AND FAUNA
Flora and fauna encountered on the walk today includes :-
- lots of dogs
- lots of gulls
MARKS OUT OF TEN?
I've walked about 5.5 miles today. My pedometer app failed me again but it should be about 12000 steps.
Love West Bay.
10 out of 10.
We'll be back next month.
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I didn't do any recording today but below is a recording from farmers' market day back in October. It includes recording from Bridport itself, Bridport Farmers' Market, the river behind Palmers Brewery, West Bay, Harbour Amusements in West Bay, West Bay beach, St Mary's Church, Burton Bradstock and Hive Beach at Burton Bradstock.