Kerrie Ann Gardner | St Catherine’s Chapel
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St Catherine's Chapel, Abbotsbury.

St Catherine’s Chapel

The B3157 coast road, which runs from Bridport to Weymouth, has commanding views over Chesil Beach for much of its length, but its most iconic section is just before the village of Abbotsbury. Here, as the road drops steeply downwards, St Catherine’s Chapel can be seen on a hilltop overlooking the sea. The chapel was built by monks in the 14th century as a place of pilgrimage and retreat.

Interestingly, it is full of ‘wishing holes’ were local women used to go to pray to St Catherine to ask her for help in finding a husband.

This photograph was taken on an August evening. My mum and I had visited the nearby Abbostbury Tropical Gardens and Swannery but made a special trip to this viewpoint before we returned home . The cerulean sea stretched out across the horizon and the chapel sat proud on its hilltop vantage point amid the golden fields.


August 14, 2014