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Travel Tips

Timing Your Arrival

Our residential events usually begin with the evening meal at 6.30pm. Please arrive after 4.00pm if possible, since we may not be around to greet you earlier on. If you do plan to arrive early – or late enough to need food saved in the evening – please ring and alert us.

Traveline is a handy tool for planning your journey and more tips are below.

 

The house is situated on the B3157. This is the main coastal road from Bridport to Weymouth. We are midway between the villages of Burton Bradstock and Swyre (and on the seaward side of the road). Please take care when turning in at Othona; cars from both directions try to overtake on the hill outside our drive.

Satnav: Our postcode is DT6 4RN
(Google Maps sometimes shows our address as 'SW Coastal Path'. We are on the Coast Road!)

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Here are some simple route outlines:

From M3: At junction 14 take M27 Westbound. At end of M27 continue on A31 all the way to Bere Regis. At Bere Regis roundabout take A35 towards Dorchester. Continue on A35 beyond Dorchester to Bridport. At first Bridport roundabout go left to follow A35. After less than a mile, at second roundabout turn left onto B3157 towards Burton Bradstock. Continue through Burton Bradstock village, remaining on B3157. Othona is 1.5 miles after the Burton Bradstock petrol station, on the right hand side of the road. Beware when turning in – cars from both directions try to overtake on the hill outside our drive.

From northbound M5: Exit at junction 29 and follow signs for A30 towards Honiton. Avoid Honiton town but take next slip road signposted A35 towards Dorchester. Continue on A35 until near Bridport. Do not go into Bridport but at roundabout take 3rd exit onto B3157 towards Burton Bradstock. Continue through Burton Bradstock village, remaining on B3157. Othona is 1.5 miles after the Burton Bradstock petrol station, on the right hand side of the road. Beware when turning in – cars from both directions try to overtake on the hill outside our drive.

From southbound M5: Exit at junction 25 (Taunton) and follow A358 all the way to Chard and then Axminster. (N.B At roundabout where A358 meets A303 take fourth exit and then first turning on the left.) From Axminster follow signs onto A35 towards Dorchester. Continue on A35 until near Bridport. Do not go into Bridport but at roundabout take 3rd exit onto B3157 towards Burton Bradstock. Continue through Burton Bradstock village, remaining on B3157. Othona is 1.5 miles after the Burton Bradstock petrol station, on the right hand side of the road. Beware when turning in – cars from both directions try to overtake on the hill outside our drive.

The nearest stations are Dorchester South and Weymouth on newly renamed South Western Railway. On weekdays there are trains from London Waterloo at 05 and 35 minutes past most hours – times differ at weekends.

Heart of Wessex trains offer connections via Bristol to Dorchester West and Weymouth – often more convenient and economical for travellers from the Midlands or North.

Book as early as possible to get lower cost tickets. Also Network Railcards are valid for our stations and offer 30% discount.

Note: Due to the change of ownership, South Western Railway no longer offers Megatrain tickets. :-(

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Bridport is our nearest town. There are coach connections to Bridport from various parts of the country. The coach which serves Bridport is the National Express 315 (from Eastbourne to Helston) but it is possible to change onto this, particularly at Bournemouth (if coming from London) or Dorchester (if coming from Bristol and the Midlands). From Dorchester there is also the much more frequent X51 First Bus to Bridport. (See 'Bus Connections' below for more info on buses.)

There is also a coach service from Heathrow airport to Bournemouth: Flightlink 205. Coach timetables change between summer and winter. Please check times and seat availability by visiting the National Express website or by ringing 08705 808 080.

Also check out Megabus - especially if you are traveling from mainland Europe.

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Taxis from Dorchester or Weymouth cost about £30 (more at some hours) and from Bridport about £10.

Local cabs

Weymouth: Weyline 01305 777 777 or Weymouth Station Taxis 01305 788 888.

Bridport: Pat’s Cabs 01308 424 715 or Acorn Taxis 01308 422 422.

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Bus X53, which runs between Weymouth and Axminster, goes past Othona.  Drivers will usually drop you outside on request if they can. In heavy traffic it is just possible they may decline to stop. If so, please alight at the next official stop – Cogden Beach (from Weymouth) and Swyre (from Axminster or Bridport) and phone us to be picked up (01308 897130).  Please don’t walk along the road – it is dangerous!

To find the time of the relevant bus, we encourage you to use the First Wessex website and put Cogden Beach as your destination.  First Wessex also have a telephone number 03456020121.

N.B. Bus X53 starts and finishes 10 minutes walk from Weymouth rail station. (From the station you walk to the clock tower on the esplanade and turn right along the esplanade until you reach the bus stops near King George’s Statue, usually Stop K6.) 

For planning the whole of your journey by public transport (including both bus and train), we find the Traveline website very helpful

When leaving, you’ll find lifts are often available from other departing visitors.

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