Colmers Hill is an iconic landmark made famous by the likes of local artists and photographers. The near-conical hill stands at roughly 417ft, towering above surrounding towns and villages.
Walking up Colmers Hill takes about 45 minutes. It is a pleasant short walk with a steep but steady slope taking you to the summit – offering scenic views and perfect photo opportunities of West Dorset, East Devon, out to the sea and beyond.
The history of Colmers Hill
Colmers Hill’s significance extends back to the 1600’s where the hill took its name from ‘Colmer Tenement’ by the daughter of Rev. John Colmer.
The Colfox family has since owned Colmers Hill as part of Symondsbury Estate for over 100 years. The Estate has created a permissive path up the hill so the walking trail can be shared with visitors.
During World War I, John Sprake, woodman to Thomas Alfred Colfox, planted Caledonian Pine on the top of the hill. Sir John Colfox then planted Monterey Pine in 2006. The trees have since grown into what is now the iconic silhouette you see today.
Walking up Colmers
Time: 45 mins approx
Height: 417ft – steep but steady
What to bring
Walking boots or wellies on rainy days
Wildlife to look out for
Symondsbury Store for supplies and trail maps
Symondsbury Kitchen for an after walk hot drink
From the car park, turn into the gate with the sign saying “Colmers Hill Permissive Path’ that will lead you into a field.
After entering the field, walk diagonally across to the next gate.
Continue following the signs and make sure that you close each gate behind you.
When you reach Shutes Lane, bear right so you walk round to the back of the bottom of Colmers Hill.
You will see a natural path made by sheep – this will take you to the summit of the hill.
Another naturally made path takes you down the front of Colmers Hill. Follow the bottom of the hill round until you see a gate leading onto Shute’s Lane.
Walk down Shute’s Lane to arrive in Symondsbury Village. You will pass the church and school. Turn right into Manor Yard and stop at our café for refreshments!
Things to remember:
Most of the time, sheep roam in the fields leading up to Colmers Hill as well as the hill itself – so please keep dogs on leads when sheep are present.
This trail is a permissive path.
We have free parking at Manor Yard.