Sun, Apr 03|
Ringstead National Trust Car Park
Ringstead to Durdledoor and Lulworth Coastal Path Circular
Following the South West Coastal Path from above Ringstead to the famed Durdle Door arch and Lulworth Cove, this wonderful walk combines extraordinary coastal views with dramatic climbs. Be prepared to get your heart rate up and have your breath taken away by this incredible natural landscape.
Time & Location
Apr 03, 2022, 10:30 AM
Ringstead National Trust Car Park, Dorchester DT2 8NQ, UK
About The Event
This is a wonderful 10 mile walk from above Ringstead along the undulating and stunning coastal path to the famous Durdle Door Arch and Lulworth Cove.
Following some brief introductions and safety talks we can begin our walk - there will be plenty of time for everyone to get to know each other as we progress through the day. From our starting point at the South Down National Trust car park above Ringstead (NB there are not toilets here), we will follow a path that takes us to Sea Barn Farm and a joining point with the South West Coastal Path, right above Burning Cliff. The trail undulates dramatically as we make our way along the cliff via West Bottom, Middle Bottom and Swyre Head. Be prepared for some serious ascents and descents and to have your breath taken away by the incredible sea views that are maintained throughout this stretch of the walk.
4.5 miles later and we will have reached the famous natural Durdle Door sea arch and stop for a few moments to take in the views alongside those who have ambled their way to the viewpoint from Lulworth. It is expected that we will then saunter down the mile-long tourist path to Lulworth and Lulworth Cove, using this as a loo-stop and make a decision as a team whether to stop here for lunch or press on a bit further. Our group walks are designed to offer a zero-stress day and have the atmosphere of friends talking a walk together, so please feel able to communicate whenever you want to stop for a drink or snack, although the walk leader will ensure everyone is well looked after!
If we do head into Lulworth, we will make our way up to the Durdle Door caravan park via a path that takes us out of the village and through gentle fields alive with skylarks and wildflowers. Once at the holiday park we will begin to work our way back to the car along along the inland bridleway ridge route on Old Daggers Gate track; this stretch of walking is considerably more gentle then earlier in the day and if the weather is good, we can amble along enjoying far-reaching sea views and a gentle breeze.
The final mile takes us north west along Falcon Barn Lane right back the car.
Whether you attend alone or with friends/family, you'll soon get to know everyone in the group and enjoy a stress-free day.
Places are always limited on our walks, so do book on as soon as you can!
Date and time:
Sunday 3rd April 2022. Meet at 10:15am, start walking at 10.30am
OS Explorer OL15 GR 758 825
Getting to car park:
From Weymouth take the A353 and after Osmington turn right to Upton (also signposted beach café), continue straight (do not turn right to the beach café/Ringstead bay ) along the road to the end where it turns into a field and car park (clearly signposted as National Trust). There is no charge for the car park but cars are left at owners own risk.
There are no toilets at the start of this walk. However, there are loos at Lulworth Cove near the visitors centre. This is around half way. Wild wee's are welcome but there is little cover on the walk.
By signing up to a walk with us you are giving us permission to take photos for promotional use across our website and social media pages. If you specifically do not want media taken with you in it, please do feel able to get in touch. We encourage you to take photos during your walk but ask you to be sensitive to other members. Also, we'd love to have a copy of any you are particularly proud of so we share them too!
Accidents and Incidents:
Abbie and our walk leaders are all qualified first aiders and will always carry an appropriate first aid kit. Should you be involved in an accident or become injured during the walk it is important that you notify Abbie or other walk leaders as soon as possible so that appropriate action can be taken. Should you feel unwell or require first aid please let them know. Please use the booking form and the paper disclaimer you will be given on the day as an opportunity to raise anything you feel the walk leader should know about. Abbie is also a qualified and insured Hill and Moorland Leader.
Due to the nature of walking in an outdoor area there is often a level of risk. You will need to take responsibility for your own actions, health and involvement during the walk and will be expected to exercise judgement based on your fitness levels as to whether you can complete the walk. Any queries please get in touch. You will also be expected to abide by any safety instructions and decisions made by us and have a duty to exercise judgement regarding your own personal safety and that of other members of the group. If you choose to ignore safety instructions we cannot be held responsible for the consequences.
Cars are left at the owner's own risk.
Our walks are weather dependant. The weather can play a major role in our enjoyment of a day's walking and in some cases can present a real danger. We always review the weather forecast in detail the day before and will send you an email if we have to change any plans. This is however only likely if we feel heading out will put us at real risk. Please check the forecast for yourself and come prepared for whatever the weather! You should come fully kitted out for a full day's hike in the walking area.
Food and Drink:
We will not be providing any food or drink on this walk except emergency rations. Please ensure you have adequate food and drink for the day. If you have any questions or need any help/advice with what food to bring, please feel able to get in touch.
No Drug and Alcohol Policy:
Spend More Time In The WILD has been set up in order to inspire and motivate followers to head outside for the benefit of mental and physical health. We are committed to providing a safe, healthy and secure space for anyone walking out a journey of freedom from addiction and substance abuse and as such have a strict no drug or alcohol policy on our walks and camping events.
By Us: In the rare case that we have to cancel an event, you will be notified by email and offered a full refund.
By You: We require 14 days cancellation notice prior to your scheduled arrival, otherwise we will charge you cancellation fee as below.
- 50% of your total amount will be charged if you notify us about your cancellation or any changes by 14 days to 48 hrs before your scheduled arrival.
-100% of your total amount will be charged if you do not notify us about your cancellation or any changes within 48 hrs.
If you have any questions regarding the walk or booking, please get in touch via the 'contact' page. You will be supplied with a contact number for emergency use on the day of the walk in your booking package.
Book Your Place£30.00+£0.75 service fee