GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Worth Matravers, Winspit Quarry and St Aldhelm's Head Circular Walk

4 miles (7 km)

This circular walk takes you from the pretty Dorset village of Worth Matravers to the historic St. Aldhelm's Chapel at St. Aldhelm's Head on the Dorset coast.
The walk starts in the village where there is a public car park and a picturesque duck pond. From here you follow a nice footpath south along Winspit Bottom to the Winspit Quarries by the coast. You then pick up the coast path and follow it west to St. Aldhelm's Chapel. The small, Grade Ilisted building dates from the Norman period. Its identification as a chapel rests on records of payments to thechaplainduring the reign ofKing Henry III(1261–1272). The chapel appears to have gone out of use some time before 1625, and was in a ruinous condition by the end of the 18th century. Repairs were carried out by local landowners during the 19th century, and the chapel was reopened forchurch servicesin 1874. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries regular weekly services were held, attended bycoastguardsand their families who lived in nearby cottages.
After exploring the chapel the route bends round to the north to Emmetts Hill where you will pass the Royal MarinesAssociation memorial garden which was initiated following theIRA attack on the Royal Marines Barracks at Deal in September 1989.
The next stage takes you to West Hill. where you have the option of taking a detour from the route and heading down to the beautiful Chapmans Pool. This route follows a country lane east past Renscombe Farm to return you to Worth Matravers.
Back in the village you can enjoy refreshments at the cafe by the pond or at the Square and Compass pub. The pub has a nice beer garden to sit out in during the summer months. It's also notable as aGrade II listedbuilding, originally built in the 18th century as a pair of cottages before becoming a public house. The building includes a museum of fossils and other local artefacts and the pub is one of only nine nationally that has been included in every edition of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide.
Our longer Purbeck Circular Walk passes through Worth Matravers so you could pick up the trail to continue your walking in the area. Heading east along the path will take you to the lovely Durlston Country Park where there's some nice flora and fauna to see.


BH19 3LF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Worth Matravers and St Aldhelms Head Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Worth Matravers and St Aldhelms Head Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the west of Worth Matravers you'll find the picturesque village of Kingston. Here you'll find some splendid Purbeck stone cottages, a wonderful old pub and a significant church known as 'The Cathedral of the Purbecks'. The circular Kingston Walk takes you to the viewpoint at Houns-Tout cliff.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dorset Walks page.


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Duck pond at Worth Matravers. This Dorset village has a long history of stone-cutting. The houses are built of Purbeck Stone (as is much of central London!). The local pub, the "Square and Compasses" takes its name from mason's tools.

Path to Winspit, Worth Matravers (260232) (9453494517)

Path to Winspit, Worth Matravers

Disused Quarry buildings Winspit, Worth Matravers - - 20522

Disused Quarry buildings Winspit, Worth Matravers

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St. Aldhelm's Head: St. Aldhelm's chapel. This Norman chapel is unusual in that the corners, rather than the faces, point north, east, south and west.

Square and Compass - Worth Matravers (geograph 4637761)

Square and Compass

Worth Matravers- Woodhenge (geograph 4883001)

Woodhenge - The landlord of the Square and Compass, Charlie Newman, built a tree trunk sculpture known asWoodhenge, in the field near the public house.

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Marines Memorial, Emmetts Hill. Memorial to Royal Marines killed in action in recent conflicts beside the coastal path on Emmetts Hill.

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Emmetts Hill. Houns-tout Cliff, in the next square to the north, can be seen in the background.


GPS Files

GPX File

Worth Matravers and St Aldhelms Head Circular Walk.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Worth Matravers and St Aldhelms Head Circular Walk.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)