Walk - Moonfleet Walk
5.3 miles (8.6 km)
Victoria Inn Bus Stop - DT3 4EA Victoria Inn Bus Stop
Moderate - There is a little very gentle ascent and descent, and the route is on footpaths through farmland and around the coast and can be very wet, so appropriate footwear is needed; but overall this is an easy walk, with an optional shortcut.
The rhythmic roar of the sea on the shingle of Chesil Beach and the plaintive cry of the gulls above it lend the perfect atmosphere to this stroll through the pages of the classic tale of 'Moonfleet', a ripping yarn of smugglers, ghosts and diamonds, shipwrecks, brigands and a happy-ever-after. Children will love to visit the church where the brandy casks were stored among the coffins in the vault, see the remains of the village which really was decimated in the great storm of 1824, glance into the gardens where John Trenchard's sweetheart watched every day for his return. There is a shortcut for those who want a gentler stroll.
This is a particularly good walk in the springtime, when the Fleet lagoon is luminous under the hazy sky and the overwintering flocks of wildfowl and waterbirds are joined by spring migrants. On its still waters the famous Abbotsbury swans are nesting, and the Chesil beach shoreline is vibrant with the activities of terns building their own nests.
Please note that there is no parking close to this walk, which starts at a bus stop.