West Dorset Walkers Welcome

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The Dorset Coast path is enjoyed by local people and visitors as a key way to experience and enjoy the stunning coastal landscape, sea views and numerous coastal communities through which it passes. The underlying geology and hydrology of the coastline result in a stunning topography which is subject to dynamic and sometimes rapid change, resulting in some difficult locations to navigate for the everyday walker. Many of these locations are found close to parish communities where the coast path is most popular. This project seeks to improve those locations.

West Dorset Walker Welcome project is a two-phase, West Dorset Coast Path improvements and the artistic parish boundaries marker project.

West Dorset Coast Path improvements

Physical path improvement works at 12 locations along the Dorset Coast Path are now completed. Path works have improved and facilitated year-round access for local people and visitors. Walkers can now safely use and enjoy the path whilst also linking into local paths networks/parishes and parish attractions along the coast path.

Parish Boundary Markers

Parish boundaries markers provide welcome entry and exit points along the coast path highlighting for the traveller passage through coastal communities.

Eight local artists were commissioned in 2019 to develop 11 contemporary parish boundary artwork pieces to reveal to the walker where and when they pass from one parish to another when walking along the West Dorset Coast path. These pieces are collaboration projects between the artist, landowners and craftspeople to produce artwork pieces that represents that particular parish boundary using a range of materials such as, stone, wood, metal. This project has produced 11 unique, beautiful parish boundary markers demonstrating high quality expertise in both arts and crafts.

The parish boundary artwork pieces are planned to be installed at their specific locations by Summer 2020. The pieces were all created by the end of 2019, however, installations were initially delayed by the wet weather at the beginning of 2020, followed by the COVID-19 working restrictions. We hope to see the artworks in place very soon for your summer walking explorations along the West Dorset Coast Path.


















Images of Parish Boundary Marker artwork pieces during different design and productions stages (Photo credit Tara Hansford, Countryside Project Development Officer , Dorset Council)



The Dorset Coast path is enjoyed by local people and visitors as a key way to experience and enjoy the stunning coastal landscape, sea views and numerous coastal communities through which it passes. The underlying geology and hydrology of the coastline result in a stunning topography which is subject to dynamic and sometimes rapid change, resulting in some difficult locations to navigate for the everyday walker. Many of these locations are found close to parish communities where the coast path is most popular. This project seeks to improve those locations.

West Dorset Walker Welcome project is a two-phase, West Dorset Coast Path improvements and the artistic parish boundaries marker project.

West Dorset Coast Path improvements

Physical path improvement works at 12 locations along the Dorset Coast Path are now completed. Path works have improved and facilitated year-round access for local people and visitors. Walkers can now safely use and enjoy the path whilst also linking into local paths networks/parishes and parish attractions along the coast path.

Parish Boundary Markers

Parish boundaries markers provide welcome entry and exit points along the coast path highlighting for the traveller passage through coastal communities.

Eight local artists were commissioned in 2019 to develop 11 contemporary parish boundary artwork pieces to reveal to the walker where and when they pass from one parish to another when walking along the West Dorset Coast path. These pieces are collaboration projects between the artist, landowners and craftspeople to produce artwork pieces that represents that particular parish boundary using a range of materials such as, stone, wood, metal. This project has produced 11 unique, beautiful parish boundary markers demonstrating high quality expertise in both arts and crafts.

The parish boundary artwork pieces are planned to be installed at their specific locations by Summer 2020. The pieces were all created by the end of 2019, however, installations were initially delayed by the wet weather at the beginning of 2020, followed by the COVID-19 working restrictions. We hope to see the artworks in place very soon for your summer walking explorations along the West Dorset Coast Path.


















Images of Parish Boundary Marker artwork pieces during different design and productions stages (Photo credit Tara Hansford, Countryside Project Development Officer , Dorset Council)