Spyway Sea Saunter

Walking trail

Head out to the coast to enjoy the views then loop back to your starting point on this level walk across farmland.

Sea views from south Purbeck


A map of the Spyway Sea Saunter


Spyway car park, grid ref: SY997784


The walk starts from the kissing gate at the end of the car park, and continues along the track ahead of you. You'll cross the Priest's Way, one of the oldest 'roads' in Purbeck.

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The Priest's Way


Keep going along the track to the farm buildings. Between the cottages and the buildings, take time to look in the display barn to find out more about conservation in this area.


Now head on into the grassland. Here, you may see sika or roe deer or hear the loud whistling call of the sika stags in the autumn breeding season. With views to the English Channel, keep going through grasslands until you reach a kissing gate. The 'quirky' cow is one of a pair of sculptures by Sarah Moore carved to acknowledge the importance of conservation grazing in managing these landscapes.

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A sculpture of a limousin cow near Spyway, Purbeck


Once through the kissing gate you're rewarded with some coastal views and the chance to sit down and savour this diverse landscape. If you fancy a short detour to Dancing Ledge (a shelf of rock on the beach left by quarrying), follow the rough stone steps which are straight in front of you. This is a popular spot for picnics and swimming in the summer.

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Dancing Ledge in south Purbeck


Once you have finished admiring the view, turn right and head along the track at the top of the hill to the west, keeping the dry stone wall on your right and the sea to the left. Keep straight ahead through the gap in the wall.


Go through the kissing gate and say goodbye to the sea as you turn right and head inland up the track.


When you get to the gates at the end of the field, stop to admire the views of the Purbeck Hills, Swanage Bay and the Isle of Wight. Now go through the gate, turn right and continue along the Priest's Way.


Go through the next gate and turn immediately left into the field where the car park is.


Spyway car park, grid ref: SY997784

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Spyway Sea Saunter


A walk on tracks and grassland. Dogs are welcome under close control.

Spyway Sea Saunter

Contact us

  • Telephone: 01929 450002
Spyway Sea Saunter

How to get here

Langton Matravers, Dorset BH19 3HG
By road

A351 to Langton Matravers then B3069, follow signs to Langton House and continue along single track road to right and Spyway car park

By bus

Wilts and Dorset 40, Poole to Wareham and Swanage. Alight Langton Matravers High Street/Durnford Drove and follow signs to Langton House. Continue along this single track road to right and Spyway car park.

Spyway Sea Saunter

Facilities and access

  • Parking at Spyway car park