About Shipton Gorge

Shipton has set up a SELF-ISOLATION NETWORK which 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 has also been set up so that everyone in the village 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.





PARISH COUNCIL MEETING - 13th May and PARISH ASSEMBLY - 20th May    Both ON HOLD at present, update will be posted later as circumstances change.

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!

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

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