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South West Coast Path: Girls weekend in Eype, Dorset.

We are a very fortunate group of gals, that had the opportunity to stay at a friends Chalet in Eype after a last minute cancellation, so we all took off with me and my van as that is an extra bedroom for some much needed girl fun. Eype is a very small village set on the coast in Dorset that has a small and quiet stony beach, which as it happens was a stones throw from our chalet and provided a lovely backdrop to our evening drinks session. Eype is also well situated to access the South West Coast path and a lovely circular walk to a wonderful cafe for tasty lunches and teatime treats called Downhouse Farm. From Downhouse farm you can take the coastal walk and walk to the highest point here Thorncombe Beacon for excellent views along the coast, left to West Bay and right to Golden Cap.

The next day we took the South West Coast Path to West Bay for a hangover blasting Rib Ride around the coast. It was exhilarating and really lovely to see the coast from this angle of all the places I have visited and walked over the years. We had a late lunch booked in the lovely quirkily vintage Station Kitchen, which is a restaurant in an old train carriage, sadly my camera ran out of battery that day, but it really was quite an experience so you will have to take my word for it, the food and cocktail menus were delicious. Our last day we booked a table at the Hive Beach Cafe in Burton Bradstock for tea, after a days walking around Eype. Its a lovely restaurant set on the cliffs next to the beach with stunning bay views and it has a lovely little gift shop too. But what made this place particularly special was its seafood platters. We ordered two to share and lots of wine, not only was it a party piece and indulgent but it was very reasonable split between the lot of us for just how indulgent we were! Win Win!

All in all this was the perfect weekend for wining, dining, walking and chatting with some very wonderful women.

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