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St Aldhelms Head - South West Coast Path walk

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Stunning views

Easy access to Start Aldhelms Head is by parking in the free car park at Renscombe. This gives... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2018
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Worth the walk

Stopped for snack at the Square and Compass Pub Great service and very friendly staff.Walked to... read more

Reviewed 18 July 2018
Violet T
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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A 5.1 mile South West Coast Path walk with a round-up of assorted fascinating features around a limestone headland where the chalk grasslands are rich in wildflowers. The angular caves and tunnels in the vertical cliffs are home to the equally rare...more
Worth Matravers Car Park, Worth Matravers, Swanage BH19 3LE, England
+44 1392 383560
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Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

Easy access to Start Aldhelms Head is by parking in the free car park at Renscombe. This gives level access to the headland and coastal path. Note if you want to go to Chapman's Pool it is a steep climb in places.

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Reviewed 18 July 2018

Stopped for snack at the Square and Compass Pub Great service and very friendly staff.Walked to StAldhelms Head Fantastic Views. Would have walked further but weather was so hot and we needed a drink

1  Thank Violet T
Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

This section near to the end of the SWCP helps to remind you why the effort of walking the 630+ miles is so enjoyable. The views are just stunning and you get to see some of the hidden gems of the South West like the...More

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Reviewed 8 April 2018

About a mile walk from the car park rewarded by lovely views over the English Channel and bays to the west. The little square stone chapel is beautiful

Thank Piers M
Reviewed 24 March 2018

There is nowhere quite like St Aldhelm's Head. As the local vicar once told me, this is a "thin place" where you can almost sense heaven touching earth. Leave the car at the in the little car park and walk down the track. After about...More

Thank MunsterJo
Reviewed 27 February 2018

We parked in the car park at Worth Matravers put on are boots and set off .It was a lovely day we walk for about 40 mins and ended up at the Radar Memorial we took some great photo for my son history project (the...More

Thank jls409
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Went here for a walk and the scenery just takes your breath away! So much to see. It's a fantastic place to go for a walk any time of the year. Plenty of people about. Wear appropriate shoes it can get very muddy!

Thank neilhen10
Reviewed 13 October 2017

This is one of the few places on the Purbeck coast where you have excellent views both east and west. Approached from Worth Matravers there is a level walk of just over a mile to the headland. Approaches by the coast path are much steeper....More

Thank Alan C
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Energetic and pictuesque walk from the car park to aldhelms head and chapel. The small chapel itself is quite remarkable.

1  Thank MarkMahoney
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

A beautiful stretch of coastline for a stunning walk. We parked in the car park in Worth Matravers and completed a 5.7 mile circular walk, down towards the sea and along the coastal path to St Aldhelms Head and Chapmans Pool. Quite a challenging walk...More

Thank Sunshine47625
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