About Shipton Gorge

News/ Events

Next Parish Council Meeting  Wednesday 8th January 2020 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall

Village Appraisal Questionnaires  are being delivered to every household this month.   If you have mislaid or lost your questionnaire or it wasn't collected and you would be happy to fill it in please contact any of the following who will be pleased to deliver a copy or collect a completed one.  Chris Hewlett, Tony Mallet, Tony Lock, Graham Garner, Mary Boughton, Christine Huxtable, Wally Axford.           Thank you. 

Bride Valley News (BVN) is the magazine of the Bride Valley Churches but contains a wide variety of information on news & events in villages around the valley, including of course Shipton Gorge! 

All Village Society events will be advertised/confirmed in the Bride Valley News the month prior to the scheduled date.

Shipton GorgeShipton Gorge is three miles east of Bridport, twelve miles west of Dorchester and two miles from the Jurassic coast at Burton Bradstock.

The village of Shipton Gorge has its first reference in the Domesday Book of 1086 and is very much a working village with seven working farms still in the parish.

There are some 210 dwellings with over 400 inhabitants, many of whom have moved to the area to retire, but the village still has a fairly high proportion of working families and children. The houses are a mixture of old houses built of local stone, modern houses and bungalows.

Where is the Gorge?


There is no "gorge" in Shipton Gorge but it is an interesting and pretty village with high banked lanes, lovely houses and a community spirit. There are a number of thatched properties as well as listed buildings, one site of special scientific interest, two small woods and a network of public footpaths and bridleways to be explored.

Church of St. Martin

One of the dominant features of the village is the church of St Martin which sits on a hill overlooking the main street with glorious views across the countryside. It has an early 15th century tower, a 13th century font and the exterior is floodlit for much of the year making it an important feature of the village both day and night.

You can find out more about our village, its residents, its history

and its amenities on this web site and we hope that you will come and visit us - we are a typical West Dorset village and very proud to be so!

Gifting/Gifted a gadget this Christmas? Free and friendly help is available

If you have been gifted a computer or gadget over Christmas and don’t know how to switch it on or make the most of it then help is at hand.

There are over 75 Digital Champions volunteering in Dorset libraries to help people with computers, tablets, phones and more. Most have gained experience from their professional careers.

Around 21% of people are not confident using the internet - that's around 150,000 people across Dorset. And 70,000 of these have never been online.

Not everybody has access or the desire to use computers but attending a session may spark an interest. Many learners have bought a tablet or similar, because of the programme.

Carol and Allan Lander in Swanage, Dorset, were helped by Simon Parvin, Digital Champion based in Swanage. They attended as a couple at the library.

Carol said: “Simon was very patient and helped me where I was having difficulty. He explained things fully. My friend recently bought a new smartphone, I told her to go and see Simon. We were both impressed with his patience. It was incredible. Before, I could get as far as putting the power plug in and now I no longer fear computers crashing in front of me.

Allan had some knowledge of computers. He wanted to know about PayPal specifically, an online payments system. It supports online money transfers and serves as an electronic alternative to cheques.”

Digital Champion Simon said: “So much in life now depends on using computers, I am pleased to be able to help people to get going, and to solve their many and varied problems. It is a vital service and good to see people gain experience and confidence with their computing skills.”

People without a device can learn free of charge on the library facilities. The sessions are held in a friendly environment and you go at your own pace.

Some Dorset residents say they feel excluded if they are offline and that learning with a Digital Champion boosts their confidence and helps them stay safe and independent.

Thanks to the Superfast Dorset team it is easy to find your nearest volunteer. Call Dorset’s Digital Champion helpline on 01305 221048 and we'll answer any questions about the support available. All our help is free.

To use this aerial view of Shipton Gorge as desktop wallpaper for your computer, right mouse click on the image and choose 'Set as Desktop Background'. Please note this image is provided for personal use only.

Shipton Gorge Aerial View