Walks in South Purbeck

From Langton Matravers to the sea, walkers have the landscape of south Purbeck pretty much to themselves, with only footpaths and bridleways providing access. The South West Coast Path, the Priest's Way and linking paths connect grassy meadows where rare orchids bloom, clifftop vantage points and former sea quarries, where the waves crash over man-made ledges.

    South Purbeck cliffs walk

    Sample the best of South Purbeck on a six-mile circular walk from Spyway car park with an optional visit to Dancing Ledge and return via Worth Matravers and the Priest's Way.

    East Man walk

    Follow a chalk valley to the sea past ancient field systems, climb East Man hill and return via one of the best-loved pubs in Dorset, the Square and Compass at Worth Matravers.

    Spyway sea saunter

    Spyway car park to Dancing Ledge and back - a one-mile walk over mostly level ground with fine sea views along with opportunities for spotting wildlife along the way.

    Scratch Arse Ware and Dancing Ledge

    No one is very sure how Scratch Arse Ware got its name, but 'ware' is a local name for rough grazing. This is a three-and-a-half mile loop through limestone uplands to the sea.

    Quarryman's ways

    Uncover the story of Purbeck stone and the communities who made a living from it on a circular walk of around a mile and a half. Visit former quarries and find out more about what the stone was used for.

We hope you enjoy exploring south Purbeck. For more nearby walks check out Walks near Studland Beach and Walks near Corfe Castle.