Worth Matravers to Winspit and St. Aldhelm’s Head Walk

This circular walk from the village of Worth Matravers follows a well made track downhill to the old stone quarry at Winspit. It then turns west to join the South West Coast Path walking along the exposed clifftops to reach St. Aldhelm’s Head with its small chapel and Coastguard Lookout Station.

Distance: 4.4 miles (circular walk)
Difficulty: Easy 
Estimated time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Ascent: 558ft, Highest point: 440ft

Worth Matravers to Winspit and St Aldhelms Head Walk map
Worth Matravers to Winspit and St Aldhelms Head Walk map
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Route Description and Photos

Route: Worth Matravers – Winspit Quarry – St Aldhelms Head (Purbeck Radar Memorial, Coastguard Station, St Aldhelm’s Chapel) – Rtn

Car park Sat Nav BH19 3LE (Google Maps) (w3w)

The starting point for this walk is the Worth Matravers car park conveniently located just a few minutes walk from the village centre. There are plenty of parking spaces, CCTV and public toilets which have always been spotless when I’ve visited. Payment is £2 in cash paid into an honesty box! – remember to bring some pound coins as no change is given! The car park is owned by the Worth Matravers Parish Council so all money is used for the benefit of the Parish and visitors. 

Map of Worth Matravers
Worth Matravers to St. Aldhelm’s Head via Winspit.

Leave the car park and turn right. You’ll pass the Square and Compass pub on your left. Continue down the road and at the junction turn right. Head for the village green and duck pond which you’ll see in front of you. From the car park to the village green literally only takes two minutes.

on leaving the car park turn right and follow the road to the duck pond. This photo shows the Square and Compass pub on your left. It was taken at 6.20 in the morning.
The photos on this page were taken when we did the walk on the 06 April 2021. We wanted to start early to see sunrise at Winspit so we left the car park at around 06:20! The Square and Compass pub is on your left. You can see the sea in the distance.
the duck pond in the village green at Worth Matravers
Worth Matravers village green and duck pond.
Information board showing map of Worth Matravers
Next to the pond is a visitor information board with information about the area and a very useful map showing the route of all the local walks. It’s not a bad idea to take a photo in case you get lost.

From the village green head for the row of cottages past the phone box. Follow the sign for Winspit (1 mile away)

signpost to Winspit

Walk down the road keeping the row of stone cottages on your right. At the end of the road after the last cottage continue along the passage between the two hedges.

At the end of the passage go through the gate and just follow the path downhill all the way to Winspit on the coast. It’s not difficult to follow.

when you come to this junction just keep right. The left lane leads to a cottage.
Arriving at Winspit just as the sun is rising.

Just before you arrive at Winspit Quarry you take the small path going up the steps on your right. This is the South West Coast Path and leads to St. Aldhelm’s Head as shown by a stone waymarker. The steps lead up to the top of the cliff from where you’ll get good views over the disused quarry below.

Looking down onto Winspit quarry
If you follow the path along the cliff top you’ll see a stone seat.
Stone seat overlooking Winspit quarry. This area is known at West Man.
Sunrise at Winspit. It was very cold but worth it.

Just follow the path all the way along the coast to the church as St. Aldhelm’s Head. The path is easy to follow. We did this walk in early April but if you do the walk in June and July you’ll be surrounded by wild flowers and butterflies.

Stone waymarker along the coat path to St. Aldhelm’s Head
You can see the Radar Memorial in the distance on your left. In the centre is the Coastguard Lookout Station and on your right is St. Aldhelm’s Chapel.
The Radar Memorial at St. Aldhelm’s Head by Tony Viney, a local sculptor from Worth Matravers

The Radar Memorial commemorates the pioneering work on radar undertaken at Worth Matravers during the World War II.

For a full history see http://www.purbeckradar.org.uk

St. Aldhelm’s Chapel
Coastguard Cottages

From St. Aldhelm’s Chapel you’ll see a track that will take you back to Worth Matravers village

The track takes you past a working stone quarry on your left.

When you see the old farm shed turn right and continue down the track. The track bends round to the left towards Weston Farm. When the track joins the main road turn right and follow the road back to the village.

The Best Worth Matravers Walks
The Best Worth Matravers Walks