There’s something deeply satisfying about not having to go back on your steps. It’s up to you how you tackle the following routes and whether you go clockwise or anti-clockwise.
Kingston to Kimmeridge via Swyre Head and the coast path
— From Kingston, take West Street (west) and park at Encombe House.
— Take path to Swyre Head through Polar Wood (no bears).
— Stand and stare – at 203m it’s the best view in Dorset (almost) – two fields to your right is Heaven’s Gate, where it’s even better.
— Take the ridge to Kimmeridge.
— Smell your way to the sea, grabbing a bite at Flavells farm shop.
— Nose at the Nodding Donkey oil well on the cliff edge and watch you don’t set fire to the beach below.
— Pop in the Marine Wildlife Centre, shuffle round the corner and at low tide you’ll see a drunken Giant’s Causeway with enough stone tables to seat 10,000 merfolk.
— Take the cliff path past Clavell Tower to Chapman’s Pool, the wild unruly sister of Lulworth.
— This path leads back to Kingston for a Jamaican barbecue in the garden at the Scott Arms where Corfe Castle waves back in the distance.