Dorset

Broadchurch walking trail launched in West Bay, Dorset

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Image caption West Bay in Dorset is one of the prime film locations used in Broadchurch

A Broadchurch walking trail has been launched along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset for fans of the TV series.

The crime drama's creator Chris Chibnall is from the area and said the story "was written as a love letter to the scenery of the Jurassic Coast".

Walkers can visit locations filmed around West Bay and walk in the footsteps of the lead characters played by David Tennant and Olivia Colman.

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Image caption East Pier was used for many scenes, particularly the hut and bench during the first series
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Image caption The beach huts used throughout Series Two are located on Charmouth beach, west of West Bay

The trail is available from all West Dorset Tourist information centres.

Visitors can start off by walking up West Cliff, then head down to the Jurassic Pier and harbour before visiting a range of buildings used as the Broadchurch police station, cafe and newsagents.

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Image caption The harbour at West Bay and the nearby Jurassic pier provided the setting for many scenes
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Image caption The exterior of this hut at Eype was the scene of the murder of the character Danny Latimer

Also on the trail is a visit to the riverside home of Tennant's character DI Alec Hardy, a cliff hut used in a murder scene and the beach huts used throughout Series Two of the ITV drama.

It ends with a visit to East Pier and Harbour Cliff Beach, the opening scene of a murder in the first episode.

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Image caption The cliffs at Harbour Cliff Beach wer the setting where a body was found in the opening scene of the first episode
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Image caption An old Methodist Church was used as Sea Brigade Hall in the first series and the Folly on West Quay provides the exterior for Broadchurch police station

Mr Chibnall said: "The landscape informs the drama: the cliffs, the sea, the beach were all key elements of the story."

Rachel Symes, a West Dorset district council tourism marketing officer, said: "The series has generated a large amount of interest in the area and this trail provides visitors with all they need to discover the stunning backdrop to the drama."

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Image caption Olivia Colman and David Tennant play detective double act Det Supt Miller and Det Insp Hardy

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