Walking trails are in abundance and truly stunning with the Jurassic coastline, making it the perfect place to set off for walks along the South West Coast Path taking in several unique geological features. These include, Chapman’s Pool, Winspit and Dancing Ledge, all of which are in easy walking distance of Worth Matravers for the reasonably fit and able-bodied. A selection of outstanding walks:
- Smugglers Ways – 3 mile circular walks travels down to the coast path and back again to visit where smugglers were known to bring their goods ashore.
- Commoners Ways – 5.5 circular walk that starts at Kingston (neighbouring village) travelling south to Corfe Castle and back again.
- Purbeck Way, of which part travels from Corfe Castle, past Kingston and ends at Chapman’s Pool just outside Worth Matravers village.
Feeling more adventurous ?
Those who are adventurous can rock climb or coasteer here.
After your adventure, there’s nothing like a beer or a cider from a traditional Dorset pub to help you slake it, and The Square and Compass certainly hits the spot!
Undoubtedly a true gem in the heart of Dorset, the Square and Compass is a warm, traditional and welcoming pub; with a real fire place and a choice of ales; it is a watering hole that feels like it’s come straight from a Hardy novel or a period drama and the discerning visitor will love it’ (dorsetcamper.com). Award winning beers and ciders including home pressed traditional cider made by the owner, are the perfect accompaniment to a traditional hot pasty or pie. Live music is also served up on a regular basis with bands and artists playing at the pub on evenings and Sunday afternoons through out the year!
If you are looking for a refreshment stop, Worth Matravers Tea and Supper Rooms is a must – stop by for vintage tea, a delicious lunch or supper. With Savoury Teas served along side Glorious Afternoon teas, Traditional Dorset Cream Teas and the less conventional Prohibition Tea with gin & tonic served in a teapot !!!
Car park: 200 spaces – honesty box £2 – ALL day!
The coastal pathway is not easy terrain for buggies, however there are plenty of options that will allow you to pick a circular route to suit you and your companions.
Check it out out – you won’t be disappointed!