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A lovely, gentle stretch of the coastal path between Osmington Mills and Ringstead


 

Osmington Mills: to Ringstead and back

Post date: Monday, 9 May, 2016 - 19:08

I am very fond of this walk from Osmington Mills to Ringstead and back along the coastal path. Much of the Purbeck coastal path is quite challenging and advancing years means much of it is now 'off-limits' but this stretch is quite gentle and has a resting place at both ends. Add in sea views and what else could you want for an afternoon stroll in spring or summer?

The path does start with a short and fairly steep climb up from the Smugglers Inn and this can be quite slippery in winter. Once at the top you get the best of the view along to White Nothe in the east and across to Portland and Weymouth to the south and west. The gentle decent then passes in to a scrubby area before you reach a cuple of wooded vallies where small streams flow down to the sea. 

Once at RFingstead there is a stony beach to sit on or, if you prefer, a small cafe where you can get an ice cream (the coffee is not too good!). Once rested you can stroll back again, it is just over a mile in each direction.


 

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