GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Kimmeridge Bay to Chapmans Pool

9 miles (14 km)

This circular walk takes you along the South West Coast Path to two noteable highlights on the Jurassic Coast.
The beautiful Kimmeridge Bay is part of the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve. On the beach you will find a number of rock-pools where you can look out for a variety of marine wildlife.  From here you can head east along the South West Coast Path to the lovely Chapman's Pool. The walk passes Clavell Tower and Egmont Point where there is a pretty waterfall.
From Chapman's Pool the return leg climbs through the countryside above Kimmeridge. You'll pass Smedmore Hill and Swyre Head before returning to Kimmeridge. The views on this elevated section of the coast and countryside are simply stunning.
Just to the west of Kimmeridge you will find the Lulworth Range Walks. The military owned area is only open to the public at certain times (most weekends). There are some lovely walking trails here with climbs to Povington Hill (191 m) and the range's highest point, Ridgeway Hill (199 m) with fabulous views over the Purbeck Hills and the coastline. The area includes the deserted village of Tyneham. The village was abandoned during the second world war when all the residents were told to leave so the area could be used for military training. Today you can enjoy a stroll around the ruined buildings and visit the associated museum.
You can also reach the bay by following The Hardy Way from Wareham or Corfe Castle.

Postcode

BH20 5PF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Kimmeridge Bay to Chapmans Pool OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Kimmeridge Bay to Chapmans Pool Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Head to the delightful Clavell’s Restaurant in the picture box village of Kimmeridge for refreshments after your walk. There's a fine menu and a nice outdoor seating area to relax in during the summer months. You can find the pub at postcode BH20 5PE.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

At Houns-Tout you could pick up the Kingston Walk which starts from the nearby village. Here you'll find some splendid Purbeck stone cottages, a wonderful old pub and a significant church known as 'The Cathedral of the Purbecks'.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dorset Walks page.

Photos

Kimmeridge Bay - geograph.org.uk - 1411653

Kimmeridge Bay. The eastern end of the bay, as seen from the coastal footpath; interpretation centre and range warden (with red flag flying) at beach level, and Clavell Tower on the top of the hill.

Kimmeridge Bay - geograph.org.uk - 1632390

Beautiful sun on Kimmeridge Bay

Kimmeridge Bay, cliff - geograph.org.uk - 1411700

Kimmeridge Bay, cliff. Cliffs comprised of shale, clay & dolomite; directly above are boundary posts showing the original position of Clavell Tower, right on the cliff edge. The foreshore can only be accessed at low tide.

Dive boats at Kimmeridge Bay - geograph.org.uk - 1632368

 Dive boats at Kimmeridge Bay Kimmeridge Bay, at the heart of the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve. The reserve is a popular launching place for dive boats. The area has a number of shipwrecks and a variety of marine habitats to explore. Here boats are being brought ashore at the end of the day.

Clavell Tower repositioned - geograph.org.uk - 1037901

Clavell Tower repositioned. The tower has now been superbly rebuilt and is available as holiday accommodation with unparalleled views

Rocks at Egmont Point - geograph.org.uk - 899208

Rocks at Egmont Point. The rocks in the foreground are off Egmont Point, fallen over a period of time from Houns-Tout cliff. The rocks at this clay headland consist of Portland Stone and dolomite. Beyond is Egmont Bight, with Swyre Head in the distance.

Houns-tout Cliff and under-cliff above Egmont Point - geograph.org.uk - 1633840

Houns-tout Cliff and under-cliff above Egmont Point

Chapman's Pool, Houns-tout and beyond - geograph.org.uk - 483364

Chapman’s Pool, Houns-tout and beyond. One of the most spectacular bits of the Dorset coast is this stretch along Chapman’s Pool. The cliffs immediately behind are Houns-tout Cliff and the view extends to Broad Bench (the promontory visible beyond).

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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