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JURASSIC COAST CIRCULAR WALK – DANCING LEDGE

By August 1, 2020 September 17th, 2020 No Comments

I thought I had found my favourite Jurassic Coast walk, but this route made for some pretty tough competition. If you’re wondering where to go hiking in the UK, look no further! There is not a part of this coastline that doesnโ€™t offer amazing views, but this section of the coast felt a little more rugged, with jagged cliff edges and steep drops into the crashing waves below. The Jurassic Coast is a popular spot for coasteering and I can definitely see why.

Jurassic Coast circular walk: distance 8k, duration 2.5 hours.

Jurassic coast walk the dancing ledge
Jurassic coast walk the dancing ledge Steph

STARTING POINT

The starting point for this Jurassic Coast circular walk is the village of Langton Matravers. Similarly to many of the rural villages in Dorset, the houses are built from local stone and retain plenty of character features, providing a beautiful start to this walk.

As you head out of the village you are met with rolling fields with the view of the sea in the distance. Heading down towards the sea, a steep winding stone pathway leads to The Dancing Ledge, a well know spot on the Jurassic Coast and one you may have heard of.

THE DANCING LEDGE

The Dancing Ledge is an area of rock at the base of a small cliff with serval caves in the cliff face, the shallow waters here look almost turquoise. It might have been the high temperatures and unbroken sunshine but standing up on the ledge overlooking the crashing waves felt almost like being in Greece! This is the perfect spot to stop for a picnic and admire the view.

Jurassic coast walk the dancing ledge
Jurassic coast walk the dancing ledge
Jurassic coast walk the dancing ledge
Jurassic coast walk the dancing ledge

Once you have explored this area, the next part of this Jurassic Coast walking route takes you through the fields along the coastline. The views are absolutely amazing, both looking along the cliff edge, and the glistening sea below. Head along the path which will lead you across the fields and to the next section of this Jurassic Coast walk.

Jurassic coast walk the dancing ledge
Jurassic coast walk the dancing ledge staycations in the UK
Jurassic coast walk the dancing ledge

MAP

Use the map to navigate your route, when you reach the pathway cutting back through the fields, take this to loop back to the village of Langton Matravers. This track will lead you uphill through the fields and back towards the village.

Jurassic coast walk the dancing ledge route
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Starting point.
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Follow the path towards the sea.
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Dancing Ledge.
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Follow the path heading back inland.
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Continue along the path.
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Join the road here, heading towards Langton Matravers.
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Follow the road down into Langton Matravers.

DIRECTIONS

  • Park in the village of Langford Matravers.
  • The walk starts from Durnford Drive, situated opposite St Georgeโ€™s Church. If you reach St Georges C Of E Primary School you have gone too far.
  • Continue to follow this road, the path will narrow and you will pass Spyway Carpark.
  • From this point you will be able to see the ocean in the distance. Walk towards the sea, you will follow a path which leads down the steep hill side and towards Dancing Ledge.
  • Continue to follow the coast path alongside the coastline.
  • When you reach Seacombe Cliff, you need to take the path heading back inland.
  • Follow the path until you reach the road, when you reach the road turn right and start to walk back towards Langton Matravers.
  • Follow the signs back down the road to Langton Matravers and return to the starting point.

MAKE IT A STAYCATION

If you are planning to stay in Dorset for a longer break, check out the following camping recommendations.

Tom’s Field Camp Site & Shop

Acton Field Camping Site

Shorefield

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