The village of Portesham
Portesham is one of those villages that can easily be missed and it’s such a great place to stop and explore, especially if you enjoy walking on a visit or holiday with some great walks around the area.
Portesham and the surrounding area is in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and it’s just 2 miles from Abbotsbury.
⇒ Portesham at a glance
- Great area for walking with many paths and bridleways
- Just 2 miles from Abbotsbury and Swannery
- Close to the South Dorset Ridgeway and South West Coast Path
- Access to Hellstone long barrow, ancient monument and earthworks
- Captain Thomas Hardy monument with 360° views
- Ducks Farm Shop and Cafe
- Kings Arms Pub & Restaurant
- Portesham Dairy Farm caravan, touring & camping park
- The outstanding scenic B3157 Jurassic coastal road
Visit Portesham… whilst driving along the B3157 coast road, is an exceptionally scenic route, taking in the villages and towns of West Dorset with its amazing views of the Jurassic Coast and the beautiful countryside.
At Portesham you’ll discover a delightful small village to explore below Blackdown Hill which rises to approximately 236 metres. The village is under 8 miles from Dorchester or Weymouth and approximately 11 miles from Bridport.
It’s very refreshing to take an energetic walk up Blackdown Hill and beyond. The views are stunning looking back down over the village of Portesham and onto the coast. It’s definitely worth the effort!
Visit the Hardy Monument
Follow the footpaths to the Hardy Monument and his 18thC house where Hardy lived is on the main road. This monument is to Captain Thomas Hardy who fought under Lord Nelson on the HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. The monument stands at 22 metres high and you’ll enjoy the 360° views of the surrounding countryside of the county.
Also above on Blackdown Hill you can explore the South Dorset Ridgeway, a natural causeway track used during the Neolithic era and now still a great area for walking. Follow in the footsteps of Neolithic man and discover this ancient track.
Monuments and earthworks
Walk along the footpaths of the South Dorset Ridgeway an explore ancient monuments and earthworks including the Hellstone long barrow on the hill above Portesham. Hellstone is at least 5,000 years old and one of the oldest monuments in Dorset.
Also on the hill above Portesham you can connect with the long distance South West Coast Path, which is great whether it’s just for a short walk or amble, or for more energetic and medium walks. For walkers who like a challenge and experienced long distance walkers the coastal path covers 630 miles around the south west coast of England from Minehead in Somerset to the shores of Poole Harbour in Dorset.
Glorious walks everywhere
There are some excellent walks along footpaths and bridleways all over the surrounding area, and one excellent and enjoyable such walk is along the disused railway line from Portesham to Abbotsbury. It’s approximately 5 miles and easy going through beautiful West Dorset countryside.
Stop by, stay and eat
There’s the excellent Kings Arm Portesham Pub & Restaurant by the main road serving local ales and cider as well as great food. Close by is a busy and the lovely Ducks Farm Shop selling locally produced products and also has an excellent cafe serving food including delicious breakfasts.
If touring and camping is your thing there’s an excellent and friendly campsite close to the Farm Shop. Portesham Dairy Farm Campsite is an excellent camping & touring park with pitches available for caravans, motorhomes and tents.
Visit Portesham and enjoy outstanding walks up in the hills and along footpaths and bridleways.
Portesham, on a scenic coastal road and a delightful countryside village!
⇒ Info Point
Your holiday Information Point (with links) to find out more about Portesham and the surrounding area.
- Visit-Dorset –
More information on Portesham
- The Kings Arms –
Drinks, food, rooms
- Ducks Farm Shop & Cafe –
Local produce and cafe
- Walk 1 –
Courtesy Dorset Life magazine
- Walk 2 –
Courtesy Dorset Magazine
- Portesham Dairy Farm Campsite –
Touring, motorhomes, camping & seasonal pitches
Enjoy excellent walks on footpaths and bridleways in the surrounding area!