Things to do in the area 

Local eating and drinking 

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 Things to do in the area

Our courses - lasting from two hours to five days, weekdays only, must be booked in advance. And once the course is over, you can always chill out in the woods, go to the beach at Lyme Regis for fish and chips or swim in the sea off the beaten track at Eype.

Jurassic Electric Bikes

Discover the spectacular landscapes of West Dorset in a unique way on an electric bike guided tour run by an award-winning local business. These amazing machines make cycling an absolute breeze whatever the terrain. Tours run throughout the year and have been designed to reveal the spectacular landscapes and vibrant history of the area. Quote JE10 on booking to receive 10% discount off the price of a midweek tour.
07796 135256

Forde Abbey

Down the lane, 3 mile drive
Forde Abbey is well worth a visit. The estate borders our wood and as well as the wonderful medieval monastery itself there are beautiful gardens and a nursery. Either drive to the main abbey or walk down the track after turning left out of our car park - it's a two miles as the crow flies walk.
TA20 4LU
01460 220231

Forde Abbey Pick Your Own

Forde Abbey pick your own strawberries and soft fruit - from June onwards for as long as it lasts; it's weather dependent so do ring first to check.
01460 30460

Pilsdon Pen

3 miles
The highest point in Dorset, the top is just a short steep walk uphill from the car park (on the road to Broadwindsor). This is a great stop off point for cyclists and motorists - there are superb views across the Marshwood Vale to Golden Cap and out to sea.

Flamingo Swimming Pool

Axminster, 5 miles
Public swimming pool and hydrotherapy pool, along with Aqua Fit and Aqua Yoga.
EX13 5AZ
01297 35800

River Cottage HQ courses

Park Farm, 7.5 miles
Wide range of courses including making bread ovens, butchery, growing, curing and smoking, foraging, beekeeping and lots of fantastic cookery options to choose from.
EX13 8TB

Fossil Hunting

Charmouth, 10 miles
A great excuse for a walk on the beach with a difference. Our part of the Jurassic Coast is world famous for its fossils that can often be easily found washed out of the cliff. The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre offers free advice and is well worth a visit.
01297 560 772

Harry May Boat Trips

Lyme Regis/The Cob, 10 miles
Mackerel fishing and deep sea fishing trips. A great day out on the ocean waves before bringing back your catch to enjoy on your BBQ in the woods - booking is essential.

Lyme Regis Cinema

Lyme Regis, 10 miles
An old fashioned and charming cinema showing the latest releases. Well worth paying the extra for a big red velour seat on the balcony with side table and a cup of tea.
0871 230 3200

Bridport Market

12 miles
Wednesday and Saturday, and there's the Vintage Quarter at St Michael's trading estate on Saturdays - booths and warehouses stuffed with well priced bric-a-brac, antiques and everything in-between.

Electric Palace

Bridport, 12 miles
This classic renovated cinema has films, live music, comedy and offbeat events. Popular artists get booked up very quickly so worth booking as early as you can.
01308 42835

Bridport Arts Centre

Bridport, 12 miles
Theatre, Comedy, Music, Film, Dance and much more.
01308 424 204 (Box Office)


12 miles
Galleries, caves and fishing cove - a great day trip with shopping, exploring, walking and boat hire.

Hyde Real Tennis Court

Walditch near Bridport, 13 miles
Real Tennis (which is quite unlike the tennis that most people are familiar with) is Guy's other passion when he's not woodworking. Visitors always welcome to come and have a look at the strange goings on.
01308 420777

Abbotsbury Swannery and Sub Tropical Gardens

Abbotsbury, 25 miles
Abbotsbury Swannery is unique. This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. The close-by Sub-Tropical Gardens are filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world. Many of these plants were the first introductions to this country, and there is also a nursery with a superb range of plants and palms.
01305 871858

 Local eating and drinking

The Tytherleigh Arms

Tytherleigh, 2 miles.
Our local pub, down the lane from the woods. Local Otter Ale, excellent evening dining and Sunday lunches.
EX13 7BE
01460 220214

The Bottle Inn

Marshwood, 5 miles.
Best known for hosting the world nettle eating championships, this popular local pub is under new management, who've introduced a wide range of real ales. No restaurant yet, but sandwiches available as well as the excellent curry bus which operates from the car park on Friday nights (call first to check and best get there early as it's very popular with locals).
01297 678484.

River Cottage Canteen and Deli

Axminster, 5 miles.
As you would expect, Hugh Fernleigh Whitingstall's canteen is all about great local food. Whether dining or buying provisions for your stay, it is well worth a visit.
EX13 5AN
01297 631862

River Cottage HQ

Park Farm, 7.5 miles.
Join the famous River Cottage dinners on Friday and Saturday nights or book the farm house for groups of 10+ for private dining. (There are discounts available for Crafty Camping whole site bookings. Click here for details.)
EX13 8TB

Hix Oyster and Fish House

Lyme Regis, 10 miles
A special treat, this famous fish and seafood restaurant has unrivalled views overlooking the Cobb, harbour and The Jurassic Coast.
01297 446 910

The Harbour Inn

Lyme Regis, 10 miles
A very popular pub situated on the Beach front, overlooking the Cobb and Lyme Bay. Family run with good pub food, specializing in seafood.
01297 442299

Town Mill Bakery

Lyme Regis, 10 miles
Not just great freshly baked bread and home-made jams, it's also a popular and casual meeting place all day with pizzas, scones, cakes, savoury dishes, sweet deserts and great coffee.
01297 444754

The Bridge House Hotel

Beaminster, 10 miles
A traditional Dorset Country House Hotel in this popular town, they also run the Beaminster Brasserie. They offer excellent seasonal homemade food that varies daily depending on what's available locally.
01308 862200

Leakers Bakery

Bridport, 12 miles
This specialist bakery sells a fine range of breads, savories and cakes to take away as well as making the pizza dough that we sell in the woods.

The Bull Hotel

Bridport, 12 miles
This popular, easygoing and informal boutique hotel in the centre of Bridport offers everything from Moules-frites to market day brunch or a selection from the more substantial daily menu. In warm weather there is a lovely stable courtyard at the back. Also The Venner cocktail bar serves canapes on Friday nights - something of a local institution!
01308 422878

The Stable

Bridport, 12 miles
Tucked away behind the Bull Hotel (above) these converted stables provide the ideal setting for great pizzas, pies and salads as well as an eye watering selection of ciders!
01308 426876

Sladers Yard Café

West Bay, Bridport, 13 miles
An untouched Maritime Warehouse in West Bay/ Bridport makes a perfect showcase for artists and high quality makers in all media. As well as top quality exhibitions they also have an excellent organic café for delicious meals or cream teas and cakes.
01308 459511

The Watch House Café

West Bay, Bridport, 13 miles
There's an outside deck on the beach looking out to sea and excellent local fresh ingredients on the menu; this café is well known for their 'Fisherman's breakfast' and fish soup, or there's wood-roasted seafood and pizza for lunch. (Closed evenings).
01308 459330

The Anchor Inn

Seatown, 14 miles
Perched on the cliff just above the beach at Seatown, next to Golden Cap with great views along the Jurassic Coast and out to sea. With a varied menu of home cooked food this is a particular favourite with coastal path walkers and sea swimmers alike.
01297 489215

The George Inn

Chideock, 14 miles
Run by ex River Cottage Steve and Emma this popular pub offers fabulous food and beers as well as Thursday night Wood fired Pizzas using the same oven as the one in our field kitchen. Highly recommended for food lovers who care about local and fresh ingredients.
01297 489419

Hive Beach Café

Burton Bradstock, 17 miles
Enjoy delicious freshly caught fish and local food on their balcony overlooking the beach on the Chesil bank. Open for breakfast, lunch and sometimes for dinner - call first to check as it's weather-dependent.
01308 897 070

Crab House Café

On the fleet between Weymouth and Portland Bill, 33 miles
A bit further away but well worth the trip: out-of-the-tank crustaceans served with hammers, buckets and bibs in an informal atmosphere overlooking the sea.
01305 788 867

 Other links

Boo Mallinson

Guy's wife Boo is a contemporary landscape painter inspired by the Dorset surroundings. Studio visits by arrangement; her work is also on show at selected galleries.


The people who designed and made this lovely web site, and who we can always rely on to keep everything online working for us.

Dorset Cereals

One of our other simple pleasures, breakfasting on Dorset Cereals here in the woods.

Clipper Teas

As found here in the woods, a huge range of teas, coffee and the ever popular hot chocolate.

Black Cow Vodka

Locally made vodka from cows milk - yes - a great bit of diversification for our local dairy farmers. It's really very good too!

Paynes Premier Travel

Our preferred local taxi firm including group bookings and hybrid vehicles to and from the woods.

Practical Car and Van Rental

Happy to collect guests either from the site or from Axminster Station during their opening hours.

Bridport Radio

For news and useful up to the minute information about Bridport, the Bridport Radio site is a good bet.

Heritage Crafts Association

The HCA supports and promotes heritage crafts as a part of our living heritage. It believes craft skills should be protected, promoted and recorded - all aims we can only agree with!

i tre furniture

Petter Southall is also local and specialises in steam bending; also works to commission.

David Saltmarsh

A local friend and excellent chairmaker who featured in the BBC 'Mastercrafts' programme. I couldn't resist buying one of his chairs for myself.

The Bodgers Website

The Bodgers website (or, more correctly, the Association of Pole Lathe Turners and Green Woodworkers) is the place to look for everything you ever wanted to know about bodging and bodging events.

Designer Makers

This site is run by a group of leading Designer Makers in the UK, specialising in furniture.

Living Wood

Mike Abbott - the Guru of Green woodwork and author of "Living Wood" - the 'bible' that we sell.

Dorset Art Weeks

Here you will find details of over 600 artists, makers and galleries in Dorset.

Big Fish

The wonderful design company who are responsible for creating Oscar the owl amongst other things.

Charles Hooper

Charles Hooper spent 6 weeks training with us for the BBC's 'Mastercraft' series and is now running Shovelstrode, a forest garden and green wood craft centre in Sussex.

The Greenwood Chair Project

Tom Vaughan, one of the BBC 'Mastercraft' trainees and episode winner, has a new website dedicated to his Greenwood Chair Project - a diary of his journey into green woodworking.

Ashridge Trees

Ashridge trees supply us with all of our needs for planting (including 700 whips used to plant our 'heritage' hedge), are very helpful and a mine of knowledge. They will deliver throughout the UK. They come highly recommended for hedging, standards, fruit trees and soft fruit.

Holiday Lettings

The place to go for rented accommodation, including ours!