Worth Matravers and Dancing Ledge

From the Mason’s pub of the Square and Compass, in the limestone village of Worth Matravers, visit Winspit Caves. Looking out out sea, the ghost like movie set was once a bustle of activity providing stone for the most prestigious of buildings, all over the world. Follow the paths of smugglers and pirates to Dancing Ledge. The floor of which containing a pool that was blasted out of the rock by a keen headmaster. While one of his pupils was inspired to create James Bond, the landscape around etched into the character’s family history. Climb the cliffs to walk in the footprints of dinosaurs at Keates Quarry before returning via the ancient Priest’s Way. All accompanied with views for miles across Dorset’s Jurassic coastline and to the Isle of Wight.

Distance:  5 miles/18km

Duration: 2 hours

Ability: Easy.

Max Height: 485ft.

Min Height: 0ft.

Total climb: 460ft.

Terrain: Track, path road and field.

Map: OS Explorer 15 Purbeck and South Dorset

Start Point: Worth Matravers Car park, payment expected. (Postcode: BH19 3LF, Grid Reference: SY974776, What Three Words: shiver.dress.escapades).

How to Get There: From Wareham, travel south on the A351 through Corfe Castle. Once out of the village, turn right to Kingston, following the narrow road up the hill. At the top turn left and take the next right towards Worth Matravers. The car park is on the right when you enter the village.  

Dogs: In accordance with the Countryside Code and any notices on route.

Refreshments: On route is The Square and Compass country pub.

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