South West Costal Path walk from Worth Matravers
Stretching from Orcombe point near Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in East Dorset the Jurassic coast runs for nearly 100 miles and covers some fantastic coastline and some amazing features including the limestone cove and natural arch at Durdle Door and the Southwest Coastal path runs the entire length, allowing for a variety of circular walks from the small villages along the way.
We started our walk from the small village of Worth Matravers to the West of Swanage and a fairly early start saw us in the (free) car park adjacent to the Square and Compass pub (well worth popping in to for a selection of amazing ciders when you can find someone to drive you home!) and planned to head out to the west to the quarry and then join the costal path near West Hill and follow it East around the coast line down to the Lookout Station at St Aldhelm's head and then back, past the quarry at Winspit, to Worth Matravers.
|Monty isn't too sure of the stone circle|
The path was fairly level and easy going (albeit a bit muddy) until you start to climb up onto West hill and head out along the cliff top with views out to the West down to Chapman's Pool and backup along the coast towards Kimmeridge.
|Donna and Monty with the Jurassic Cost in the distance|
|Chapman's Pool on the Jurassic Coast|
|Looking out along the Jurassic Coast from West Hill|
The lookout station comes into view just before a large gully that leads to St Aldhelm's Quarry and the path drops, and then rises, steeply across the gully but thankfully this has been well maintained and well cut stone steps lead down and back up so whilst it does present a nice excuse to get the heart going it's not anywhere near as bad as it looks!
|The steps aren't as bad as they look, honest!|
|Chapel at St Aldhelm's Head|
|Radar memorial at St Aldhelm's head|
|One of the caves at Winspit|
|Caves and old quarry at Winspit|
Route details and gpx available from Social Hiking - recorded on my Samsung GS4 using ViewRanger