Ringstead Bay

Unspoilt beach, farmland and cliffs on the Jurassic Coast

Spend a day on this quiet stretch of the West Dorset coast where you can take a walk across the cliff tops above Ringstead, bring a kite, or pack a picnic and follow one of the steep ancient tracks down to the shingle beach. The water is incredibly clear and safe for bathing.

Part of the Jurassic coastline, on a fine day there are great views across Weymouth Bay to Portland. If you walk out to White Nothe, you will pass above Burning Cliff which once caught fire due its composition of oil shale and iron pyorites.

The countryside surrounding Ringstead Bay is a haven for walkers with miles of footpaths to explore including a particularly scenic stretch of the South West Coast Path. Starting from the National Trust car park, you can follow it west towards Osmington and Weymouth or east towards the famous Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Alternatively walk through the wildlife-rich fields of our tenant farmer down to the bay.

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Ringstead is about a 45 minute drive from Bournemouth.


  • Ringstead Bay
  • near Weymouth
  • Dorset
  • DT2 8NQ