Pilsdon Pen


Like a lot of things in life finding Pilsdon Pen was a fluke. We were driving back to Bridport in Dorset after visiting Lyme Regis and me being, well, me, decided to return via the country roads instead of the direct route. Admiring the views surreptitiously as I was driving along the narrow winding road, it was a relief to find a layby to pull into. Obviously a spot with a view as there were already a couple of cars parked there.


The panorama was spectacular, rolling hills, cliffs and in the distance, the sea. After taking a few photos, I headed across the road to a stile that I had spied which led to a path up a hill. Thinking that I might get even better views from the hill, I hopped over the stile.


And found that I was on Pilsdon Pen, the highest point in Dorset.

DSCF4237So of course I had to climb to the top, and after a bit of huffing and puffing and a stop or two at a conveniently placed bench, I got to see the 360 degree views.

And I was particularly fascinated by the late afternoon shadows of the trees bordering that field.


 Serendipity 🙂

If you enjoy a walk, short or long, then you may enjoy visiting Jo’s Monday Walk where you are in for a treat.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

57 thoughts on “Pilsdon Pen”

  1. Jude I stop in that lay by every time I drive the A35 – about once a month on the way home from my daughter’s in Hampshire! It’s a view that makes me cry, it’s so beautiful. Sometimes just before dusk it positively shines!

        1. Ah! I have only been up to Glasgow once, as far as Loch Lomond and the scenery there blew my mind! Them’s real mountains 😀

        2. And actually I ought to have guessed from your surname, but then it could be a married name, and there are a lot of Scots living all over the world.

  2. An Iron Age hill fort ? – crumbs, Jude ! – how lucky are you to live where you can find one of those ? Not to mention the beauty all around … I can’t think what I’d give to live where tradition of millennia surrounded me …

    1. There are a lot of them around here too M-R. In fact if the postie arrives early enough with an expected delivery I am hoping to head off to one today. That’s if the wind doesn’t blow me away first 😉

  3. See…you come to my part of the world and even there you discover places I’ve never heard of! Now I must tell hubby about Pilsdon Pen, what a beautiful place to walk and those views stunning. Thanks for sharing this great find Jude…you have such a knack for these wonderful discoveries 🙂 xx

    1. Pure fluke Sherri! And if I hadn’t spotted that stile across the road I wouldn’t have found it. It would be nice to walk right across the top to the fort entrance. The OH was waiting in the car so I didn’t want to be too long.

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