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East Man Walk


Invigorating walk among the cliffs and limestone grassland of the south Purbeck coast. Starts and finishes near one of the best loved pubs in Dorset.

A view out to sea from the south Purbeck coast
Sea views from south Purbeck National Trust/Will Wilkinson


A map of the East Man walk
Ordnance Survey


Worth Matravers Parish Council Car park SY974777


From car park head downhill along the road, left past the Square and Compass pub and then right down the track opposite to the gate and stile on the left. Enter field and bear right.


Follow fence line to the corner, looking left to the strip lynchets, before heading diagonally down to the valley floor and continuing through the gateway. Follow the hedge line across the limestone grassland.

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Strip lynchets near East Man in Purbeck
Strip lynchets show up as lines on the hillside National Trust/Will Wilkinson


As you approach a metal gate you will notice a wet area directly in front of you. This is the site of a natural spring. This area is best avoided by turning left, walking slightly up the slope around the trough and back down the other side to the metal gate.


Pass through the metal gate and continue along the fence line looking across towards Winspit Quarry on the right. You may choose to extend your walk by heading down to this area before returning.


On reaching the cliff fence, bear left and walk along the cliff, enjoying this invigorating view before turning left mid way along and heading to the summit of East Man hill.


At the top, walk along the summit ridge either overlooking the coast or the grassland towards Seacombe before turning left towards a field gate.


Pass through the gate and continue along the wall constructed from locally quarried Purbeck stone, looking towards The Square and Compass pub.


At the end of the track in front of the houses turn left along the fence line and back to the original gate and stile you entered through in front of the Square and Compass.

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The Square and Compass in Worth Matravers
The Square and Compass awaits at the end of the walk National Trust


Worth Matravers Parish Council Car park SY974777

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East Man Walk


Grassland with some muddy loose stoned gateways. Short steep section. Livestock grazing in grassland areas at times - please keep dogs under close control on these occasions.

East Man Walk

Contact us

Tel: 01929 450002
East Man Walk

How to get here

Worth Matravers Parish Council Car park SY974777
By road
A351 to Langton Matravers then B3069 and follow signs for Worth Matravers, parking in car park.
By bus

Wilts and Dorset service 70 Swanage - Harmans Cross - Worth Matravers, request stop Worth Matravers Pond. From here walk back up hill bearing right past the Square and Compass Pub on the left until you reach a small track on the right, turn down here and enter field through stile.

East Man Walk

Facilities and access

  • Car park in Worth Matravers
  • Toilets in Worth Matravers
  • Pub in Worth Matravers