Making the most of your visit

A dry stone wall near Spyway, Dorset

There are many ways to enjoy the beautiful south Purbeck coast but a bit of forward planning can make all the difference when it comes to staying safe and having a good time.

Parking and facilities

  • There is limited space available at Spyway car park which can quickly fill up at busy times.
  • Please consider nearby residents and do not park in the village; there are alternative car parks nearby (see below).
  • Sorry, there are no toilets at Spyway. The nearest public toilets are at the entrance to Putlake Farm in Langton Matravers, two minutes’ drive away.
  • The car park itself is reached via a rough track which may not be suitable for all vehicles.

Dancing Ledge

Dancing Ledge can only be reached by scrambling down, and then back up, a very steep and potentially hazardous path. Please consider if this is right for you before attempting it.

The South West Coast Path runs along the cliff tops above, offering much less challenging walking and magnificent views. Dancing Ledge is a popular site for adventure sports (see below) and can be very busy at peak times.

Staying safe

The south Purbeck coast is steep and in places unstable. Please stay well back from cliff edges as there is a risk of them giving way. Always wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

There is no mobile phone signal along much of the coast, which can significantly delay a rescue in the event of an emergency.

Sharing the landscape

Cattle graze the area around Spyway so please stay at a safe distance, keep dogs on a lead and take your litter home with you. Please keep clear of farm machinery.

People visit Spyway for many reasons, from walking and enjoying nature to coasteering and climbing.

Like most places, south Purbeck is busier than it once was, but tranquility is still available to those who seek it out. Please respect other visitors and give them space.

Consider alternatives

For the adventurous, a day with an outdoor activity provider can be a great way to enjoy places like Dancing Ledge safely through activities such as coasteering.

The providers licensed to operate at Spyway are:

If you prefer to visit under your own steam, nearby Durlston Country Park is an excellent hub for exploring the coast.

The park is managed by Dorset County Council with car parking, a visitor centre, cafe and toilets. There are rangers on site and up-to-date wildlife information.

The parish council at Worth Matravers, about 15 minutes’ drive from Spyway, operates a car park with toilets and there is good access to the coast via footpaths.