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Bride Valley

Located mid-way between Dorchester and Bridport and flanked by chalk escarpments the Bride valley runs in an east to west direction. The pictures in this gallery follow a circular walk around the valley. Starting at the top of the chalk escarpment to the north of Long Bredy (SY 571 905) the walk follows the Macmillan Way eastwards along the top of the escarpment, past wind-sculpted trees and numerous tumuli and barrows – dropping down into the head of the valley at Little Bredy (SY 588 891). The route then turns westwards, down the valley, passing Kingston Russel House (SY 573 895) before returning into Long Bredy.

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The pictures in this gallery were taken in January, daylight is short (sunrise at 8:00 am, sunset at 16:30 pm) the low sun casting long shadows. Although the temperature is about 6°C a stiff breeze across the escarpment top makes warm, wind-proof clothing essential.


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In the top row of pictures:

  • Long Bredy and the view southwards from Martin's Down (picture)
  • Crossing the chalk downland of Martin's Down, trees sculpted by prevailing winds (picture)
  • Little Bredy (picture)
  • Church of St Michael, Little Bredy (picture)
  • The ornate entrance to the churchyard, Little Bredy (picture)

In the bottom row of pictures:

  • Heading west down the Bride valley (picture)
  • Farm buildings at Pitcombe (picture)
  • Kingston Russell House (picture)
  • Long Bredy (picture)
  • Typical house construction in Long Bredy (picture)

Nearby locations that also feature in galleries on this site:

directionUpwey, Dorchester


directionPuncknowle, Bridport

More views of Dorset in January

Other sites on the web

The Dorset Page:   Long Bredy, Little Bredy – local information and links to further resources on the web

Maps of the area on streetmap.co.uk:   1:50,000 – detail, 1:250,000 – locality and route to get there

picture resolution
The pictures of Bride Valley in this gallery were captured at medium resolution.
This is images of dorset stock photography gallery 072
All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

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