Bring the classic novel to life with this Dorset walk dedicated to Moonfleet, an 1898 tale of smuggling on the English coast. The circular walk starts and finishes at Victoria Inn Bus Stop and it’s a relatively easy one with few hills or climbs. Chesil Beach provides the perfect backdrop to a walk that’s all about smugglers, love and adventure and there are a few surprises along the way too.
Visit the very church where John discovered the brand casks hidden with the coffins in the eerie vault, and explore what remains of the village that was actually destroyed in the great storm of 1824. You’ll even be able to peer into the gardens where John’s love kept a lookout for his return every day until their happy ever after. The timeless book will come alive with every corner of this walk, and it’s a great way to bring the South West Coast Path alive for children.
We’d recommend completing this walk during spring if you get the chance, as the Fleet Lagoon takes on a luminous hue under a hazy sky and the area is filled with spring migrants including water birds and wildfowl. You’ll see the stunning Abbotsbury swans nesting as you pass at this time of year too, so don’t forget to take a camera. There is an option to shorten this walk with a shortcut if you’d like to along the way.