Kingston to Kimmeridge walk

Kingston, Dorset

This spectacular 3-4 hour circular walk starts in the pretty village of Kingston and continues along a fantastic ridge all the way to the neighbouring village of Kimmeridge, where you can pick up the coast path back again. Begin by taking the lane uphill to the right (north) of the church. This continues for about a mile through pretty fields. You then turn left at the Sheep Pen car park (where you could also start). A path takes you across a field (past a memorial to two planes that crashed here in the Second World War) and up to the little domed hill of Swyre Head. From here you can see all the way to Poole Harbour one way and Portland Bill the other way. You will also see your return path at this point, climbing steeply from the coast. But for now, continue along the ridge walk (signed Kimmeridge), a gentle and very picturesque 20 minutes or so before a steep descent into the village of Kimmeridge, with its pretty thatched cottages, where you can stop for a drink. A footpath takes you from the village to the bay, where you can pick up the coast path, initially climbing steeply past the Clavell Tower. From here the coast path skirts a very high crumbly cliff, so take great care. After around 30 minutes you'll see a small signed path to the left at Rope Lake Head. Take this path which climbs through fields and then very steeply back up to the top of Swyre Head, from where you can return the way you came.

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