Langton Matravers

Escape the crowds of the Jurassic Coast and explore the deep, hidden valleys lost in time. From Langton Matravers follow the footsteps of the smugglers straight to the hiding place of their loot; the paths also trodden by Hollywood stars and renowned authors. Climb down the short but sweet slopes to the wild wood of the babbling brook, the land once home to a Benedictine priory which has been lost to the trees and turned into a farm. Cross over the Swanage Steam Railway and climb up to the medieval, crumbling settlement of Ailwood, sitting in the shadows of Bronze Age and Neolithic barrows. Return via the bewitching Dunshay Manor, home to a varied selection of Dorset’s elite including Benjamin Jesty, the innovative but shamed farmer, and Mary Spencer Watson, a sculptor who stole a wife for herself!

Distance: 5 miles/8km

Duration: 2-3 hours

Ability: Easy.

Max Height: 320ft.

Min Height: 450ft.

Total climb: 131ft.

Terrain: Tracks, paths and roads.

Map: OS Explorer OL15 Purbeck and South Dorset

Start Point: Spyway National Trust Carpark, Langton Matravers. Payment required – free for National Trust members. (Postcode: BH19 3HG, Grid Reference: SY997783, What Three Words: showrooms.strides.hydration).

How to Get There:  From Swanage travel west on the B3069. After entering Langton Matravers. Turn left onto Durnford Drove, signposted for the Spyway Car Park. Follow the lane as it narrows to the end and then divert off to the right into the car park.

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

Refreshments: None on route but nearby is the Kings Arms in Langton Matravers.

Neighbouring walks: Rempstone, Old Harry’s Rocks, Durlston, Worth Matravers and Corfe Castle.

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