About Shipton Gorge

The next meeting will be Wednesday 12 August. in the Village Hall. Social distancing and Covid requirements strictly adhered to. Members of public please wear masks.  

Parish Council's Accounts and the Annual Return for the year ending 31st March 2020 are now posted in the Parish Council section of this website.  They are also available for the public to inspect until 24th July.  Please contact the council's Responsible Financial Officer, Christine Huxtable, on 01308-897519 if you would like to view them. 

CURRENT CORONAVIRUS CRISIS            Shipton has a SELF-ISOLATION NETWORK that consists of 10 primary contacts notified to all households, and a further 15-20 people who will go out and do shopping or other tasks for anyone needing it.  There are two email contacts - maryboughton@shiptongorge.org.uk and richard@c-m-sltd.co.uk 

A NEIGHBOURHOOD BUDDY SCHEME is also established so that every household has a named personal contact should they need help, support or a listening ear.  Financial support for anyone struggling to pay bills or provide food is also available through the LILIAN STONE TRUST. 



The VILLAGE PLAYING FIELD is still open as an open area for exercise but the play and exercise equipment is not to be used during the present restrictions.  We ask that people are considerate use social distancing when in the field.


Village Appraisal 2019  We had a great response from the village and all the information collected is now being collated to form part of the final Appraisal document.  Due to the current crisis this work has inevitably been delayed but will continue as time and the situation allows.  The draft document will be presented to the village for comment and review at some point before publication. 

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!

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