St Aldhelm's Head near Worth Matravers

A Worth Matravers walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 31/01/17

A short Dorset walk in the Isle of Purbeck enjoying the beautiful coastal scenery of St Aldhelms Head. The route uses a section of the South West Coast Path and is an ideal choice for a sunny afternoon.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h10[?]
Distance Distance : 6.48km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 115m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 116m
Highest point Highest point : 116m
Lowest point Lowest point : 18m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Worth Matravers
Starting point Starting point : N 50.596085° / W 2.051742°
Download : GPX track


(D/A) To start the walk, exit the car park and take the signed footpath opposite. This leads across a large field with the hedge-line to your immediate left. Bear to the left around Weston Farm (grid ref. SY968773) to a lane. Bear right along the lane and after turn right down a lane with houses to your right. The lane soon bears left and then right before taking a meandering course down to the sea (grid ref. SY976761).

(1) Turn left on to the South West Coast Path. This follows the top of the cliffs and takes you to St Aldhelm's Head where you can visit the former Coastguard Station. Continue along the South West Coast Path as it turns north. The path soon descends into a deep valley before climbing up onto the cliff tops. The views down to your left include the bay of Chapman's Pool with the Purbeck cliffs continuing westwards. Reaching a footpath junction (grid ref. SY959772) turn right signed to Renscombe. This leads back to the car park(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Car park
1 : km 1.44 - alt. km 1.44 - Turn left
D/A : km 6.48 - alt. km 6.48

Useful Information

This walk in Dorset's Isle of Purbeck includes an attractive section of coastal footpath along the limestone cliffs. In the past extensive quarrying of this rock was a major source of local employment and saw extensive use in major buildings through the British Isles. The start is a small carpark located just south of Renscombe Farm at grid ref. SY964773, which lies a mile or so west of the village of Worth Matravers.

For accommodation in the local area:
Burnbake Forest Lodge Holidays - situated in the heart of The Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. Luxury Lodges with Hot Tubs and Wood Burning Stoves!

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