South Purbeck cliffs walk

Walking trail

A six mile walk taking in sea views, former quarries and grassland rich in wildlife.

The South West Coast Path in south Purbeck


A map of the South Purbeck Cliffs walk


Spyway car park, grid ref SY998783


From the car park, follow the path south away from the village. Pass Spyway Barn where you will find informative displays on the local area. Pass through a gateway, and then a kissing gate next to a stone plaque showing a cow, sculpted by Sarah Moore. Turn right, keeping the wall to your right. Pass through a gateway, then at a kissing gate turn left down the track.


At the end of the track, follow the grassy path down to the bottom of the hill. Turn right to follow the South West Coast Path. Pause to admire the views of Dancing Ledge to the east and Portland to the west. Keeping the sea on your left, follow the coast path, passing through three gates. Follow the path that heads inland to go round Seacombe Ledge.

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Dancing Ledge, Dorset


Turn left through a gate and up the steps, signposted ‘Winspit’. At the top of the hill pass through a gate, turn left and follow the coast path, passing through two gates. Go through the next kissing gate, and go down some steep steps.

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A view out to sea from the south Purbeck cliffs


At the T-junction, turn right and walk inland following signs for Worth Matravers. At the water treatment plant, turn right up the path. Pass through a gate, and follow the path uphill to the village. Pass through another gate and head into the village.

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Sheep in south Purbeck, Dorset


Turn right past the duck pond then take the right hand fork in the road with the Square and Compass pub on your left and follow the road out of the village. Take the second footpath on your right, opposite a barn and signposted to Swanage.


Follow the footpath across the field, pass through two gates across a track, and continue across the next field. Pass through another gate and cross the next field, looking out for a finger sign on the far wall. Pass through another gate and follow the Priest's Way, signposted for Langton Matravers. Follow the track straight ahead, passing several paths and tracks, and going through a gate. After passing through another gate, you will reach the crossroads at Spyway. Turn left to return to the car park.

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A dry stone wall in south Purbeck, Dorset


Spyway car park, grid ref SY998783

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South Purbeck cliffs walk


Uneven and steep terrain with stiles and gates. Take care near cliff edges. Sturdy shoes or boots are advised. Dogs welcome but please keep under close control when livestock grazing in grassland areas.

South Purbeck cliffs walk

Contact us

  • Telephone: 01929 450002
South Purbeck cliffs walk

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 this single track road to the right and Spyway car park.

By foot

The South West Coast Path joins the walk at Dancing Ledge.

By bus

Wilts and Dorset 40, Poole to Wareham and Swanage. Alight at Langton Matravers and follow signs to Langton House.

South Purbeck cliffs walk

Facilities and access

  • Parking at Spyway car park.
  • Food and drink at Worth Matravers.
  • Toilets at Worth Matravers.