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A dry stone wall with cow sculpture and sea views beyond from south Purbeck, Dorset
Views of the sea and the cow sculpture at Spyway, Dorset | © National Trust/Jon Bish

Spyway sea saunter

This flat, circular walk on the south Purbeck coast takes you across rich grasslands with great sea views. There's an optional detour to the striking quarry formation known as the Dancing Ledge and a chance to see some sculpted animals and some real deer.

Total steps: 8

Total steps: 8

Start point

Spyway car park, grid ref SY997784

Step 1

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

Step 2

Continue along the track to the farm buildings. Between the cottages and the buildings, take time to stop off at the display barn to find out more about conservation in this area.

Step 3

Now head into the grassland. Here, you may see sika or roe deer or hear the loud whistling call of the sika stags during the autumn breeding season. Taking in the views to the English Channel, keep going through the grassland until you reach a kissing gate and a distinctive sculpture.

Step 4

Once through the kissing gate you're rewarded with coastal views and the chance to sit and savour this diverse landscape. From here, turn right and head west along the track at the top of the hill, keeping the dry stone wall to your right and the sea to your left.

A flat area of rock in a quarry at Spyway, Dorset
The result of quarrying, Dancing Ledge at Spyway, Dorset, is now a popular picnic spot | © National Trust

Step 5

Continue straight ahead through the gap in the wall.

Step 6

Go through the kissing gate and turn right away from the sea, heading inland up the track.

Step 7

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

Step 8

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

End point

Spyway car park, grid ref SY997784

Trail map

Ordnance Survey map of the Spyway sea saunter, Dorset
The Spyway sea saunter, Dorset | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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