See and Do

Much of west Dorset is designated as An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has stunning scenery with varied and distinctive landscapes shaped over time by nature and people including the Iron Age Eggardon Hill Fort that affords far reaching views to the Jurassic Coastline.   

With so much diversity on the doorstep you will never be at a loss to fill your time from being active, sightseeing or just resting sitting amongst the wildflowers of the meadows, or an early morning start for the cacophony of bird-song or on a clear night marveling at the myriad of stars.

Our seven tiered lakes are stocked with carp and the top lake is wheelchair friendly with fishing platforms for safe access. Please use this link for more information. www.gethooked.co.uk/fishing-venue/869/higher-kingcombe-lodge

There are many public footpaths accessible from our doorstep or a minimum drive distance away. Walk distances range from a gentle stroll around the adjacent meadows Kingcombe Meadows - Kingcombe Centre to a half day (approx 5 miles) or full day walk (approx 10 miles).

A selection of walk distances and notes is available for guests use. The local Explorer map is Cerne Abbas 171 or OL15 for the nearest Jurassic Coast.

For a range of other activities from exploring the Jurassic Coastline, cycling trails, walks, historic houses, gardens and many other places of interest see  www.dorsetaonb.org.uk                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

There are many other additional places of interest; Maiden Castle on the outskirts of Dorchester (16 miles). www.english-heritage.org.uk.  

The gardens at Minterne House are landscaped in the manner of Capability Brown  laid out in a horseshoe below Minterne House. The trail is about a mile with a chain of small lakes, waterfalls and streams. (13 miles). www.minterne.co.uk 

Forde Abbey, Chard is a fascinating combination of medieval monastery and a family home with 12th century Cloisters and vaulted Undercroft. Some of the features of the award winning gardens include colourful herbaceous borders, topiary lined vistas and bog garden. (15 miles)  www.fordeabbey.co.uk 

Thomas Hardy's Cottage, birthplace of this English author, is an evocative cob and thatch cottage. (15 miles) www.nationaltrust.org.uk  

Nearest garage and pub is Maiden Newton (4.6 miles). Local towns are Beaminster (6 miles), Dorchester (15 miles) and Weymouth (21miles). The harbour at West Bay where boats can be hired (12 miles) and the beach at Burton Bradstock (10 miles). The car park is National Trust and there is a cafe. www.hivebeachcafe.co.uk

Other places for meals are:- www.spyway-inn.co.uk  www.themarquisoflorne.co.uk