Walk - Ferrybridge to Lulworth Cove

14.4 miles (23.2 km)

Ferrybridge Lulworth Cove

Challenging - Easy to moderate to strenuous

This fantastic section of the South West Coast Path crosses a diverse landscape from the rugged rocks of Portland, to the hustle and bustle of urban life in the seaside resort of Weymouth, followed by quiet rural paths leading to high, undulating chalk cliffs on the way to Lulworth Cove.

Walking becomes progressively harder as you leave Weymouth and set off along the impressive cliffs of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. There are some particularly steep ascents and descents on the way to Lulworth Cove, but your efforts are certainly rewarded. As you approach Lulworth be sure to look back to the breathtaking views of the limestone arch of Durdle Door, the high cliffs of White Nothe and Weymouth Bay and Portland beyond. A good selection of restaurants and pubs also await your arrival after a long day on the Coast Path.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

1 Old Coastguard Cottages

Cottage just off Coast Path between Weymouth and Lulworth Cove. Phone 01305 832663 for more details. Walkers welcome. Lovely sea views. Excellent breakfast. Packed lunches on request. Pub nearby. 

Harbour Lights Guest House, Weymouth

A lovely house with views of Portland harbour/Chesil beach. No.1 bus to Weymouth/Portland every 10 mins. 15 min walk Brewers Quay - 3 mins rodwell trail. Parking on site. 

The Dairy House B&B

In a small village with an excellent pub (300 yards). Tel: 01305 852138 / 07968 225269 or email [email protected] We offer a warm welcome, comfy rooms & full breakfast. Twin/family, double & single. 

Wynards Farm B&B, Winfrith Newburgh

Visit England 4* situated on the edge of a peaceful Winfrith Newburgh. Ideal for walkers. All rooms with ensuite facilities. Free wi-fi. Packed lunches. Car parking.

Upton Grange, Ringstead

Located within walking distance of Ringstead beach on the Jurassic coast in Dorset, these superbly restored cottages are surrounded by National Trust countryside.

Windmill Cottage, Weymouth

Country Cottage with freshly decorated large bedroom and bathroom on same floor. TV. Wifi. Full English breakfast.

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Highlights

  • Portland harbour: this is said to be one of the largest man-made harbours in the world. The harbour is very sheltered and therefore an ideal home for the National Sailing Centre and a natural choice for the venue for the sailing in the Olympics of 2012.
  • The remains of Sandsfoot Castle: built in the 1530s as one of Henry VIII’s many coastal defences, the castle remains contain fragments of medieval stone from Bindon Abbey at Wool.
  • Weymouth: you may want to allow extra time to enjoy some of the attractions of this seaside resort, such as Nothe Gardens and Nothe Fort, the pretty, thriving port, King George IIIs statue, the famous Jubilee Clock and the Georgian Esplanade.
  • Lodmoor Nature Reserve. The grassland, saltmarsh and reed beds make perfect habitats for a large number of birds throughout the year, including bearded tits and Cettis warblers. Lodmoor also boasts one of the largest common tern colonies in the South West. For further details see the RSPB website.
  • Osmington and Osmington Mills: this area of Dorset was visited by the great landscape painter John Constable, who actually stayed in Osmington during his honeymoon. A painting of the Bowleaze Cove hangs in the National Gallery (click here to see a copy). This is a good place to stop for refreshments. You could try the
    13th century Smugglers Inn which was the headquarters of the famous French smuggler Pierre Latour, known locally as French Peter, or the cliff top cafe.
  • Ringstead Bay: this peaceful pebbly beach is a great spot for rock pooling and is also popular with fossil hunters. Just east of here is the deserted medieval village of West Ringstead. There was once quite a large settlement here, but it is not known exactly why it was abandoned - destroyed by pirates, struck by the Black Death or poor economy? In the correct conditions, remains of the cottages and streets can still be made out.
  • The views from White Nothe: this is one of the highest cliffs along the Dorset Coast and offers superb views of Weymouth and the Isle of Portland.
  • The extraordinary geology of Bat’s Head and the views of Durdle Door beyond.
  • Durdle Door: this perfect limestone archway is undoubtedly one of the most well known and well photographed points of the entire South West Coast Path.
  • The spectacular views from Hambury Tout.
  • Looking out for the Lulworth Skipper - a golden-brown butterfly discovered near Durdle Door in 1832.
  • The beautiful horseshoe bay of Lulworth Cove. Just east of Lulworth is Stair Hole where the sea is washing away the limestone to form a cove in probably the exact same way as it did at Lulworth millions of years ago. From here you can also see the extraordinary folds of rock known as the Lulworth Crumple.

Shorter option

Stop at Osmington Mills (8.2 miles, 13.2 km).

Longer option

Due to lack of accommodation we suggest you end your walk at Lulworth Cove.

Public transport

The nearest train station is Weymouth. From here, buses run regularly all year around to Portland Bill. For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the train station and bus stop symbols, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.

Parking

Weymouth, inland from Durdle Door and Lulworth.

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