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Walking at Spyway

Looking over a drystone wall and across a grassy clifftop, two people look out to sea from behind a wooden fence
Walkers on the South West Coast Path looking out to sea at Spyway, Dorset | © National Trust Images/John Miller

From Langton Matravers to the sea, walkers have the landscape of South Purbeck almost to themselves, with only footpaths and bridleways providing access. The South West Coast Path, the Priest's Way and linking paths connect grassy meadows where rare orchids bloom. Meanwhile, clifftop vantage points and former sea quarries are revealed and the waves crash over man-made ledges.

Stay 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.

Explore the coast

The sea is never far away in South Purbeck and Spyway makes a great base from which to explore a network of footpaths and bridleways. Take in the spectacular views and spot seasonal wildlife along the way.

Walking routes at Spyway

South Purbeck cliffs walk

Take a walk on the South Purbeck cliffs in Dorset including Spyway Barn, Dancing Ledge, East Man and Worth Matravers.

Waves crashing against the Dancing Ledge on the Spyway Farm Estate in Purbeck, Dorset.

Discover Spyway

Find out how to get to Spyway, where to park, the things to see and do and more.

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A dawn view of the rocky cliff edge and waves along Dancing Ledge, part of Spyway Farm, Dorset

Things to do at Spyway 

Discover towering sea cliffs, stride out on a walk along the South West Coast Path, and walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs.

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Spotting puffins at Spyway 

The puffin is one of Britain’s best loved birds and if you’re really lucky you might catch a glimpse of them at Spyway, where a small colony return each year.

View of coastline in Purbeck, Dorset

South Purbeck cliffs walk 

Sea views, former quarries and grassland rich in wildlife are some of the highlights on this bracing six-mile circular walk across South Purbeck cliffs.

DistanceMiles: 6 (km: 9.6)
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