Walk - St Aldhelm's Chapel
2.8 miles (4.5 km)
Renscombe Farm car park BH19 3LL Renscombe Farm car park
Easy - There is one stretch of steep descent, and another of ascent, although these can be avoided by returning along the route taken to the chapel. The paths may be muddy and good footwear is recommended. It may also be windy, so wear warm clothing.
A mostly gentle stroll on the high plateau of land above St Aldhelm's Head on the Isle of Purbeck, visiting the thirteenth century chapel on the headland and the Coastwatch lookout beside it. St Aldhelm was a seventh-century Bishop of Sherborne with a habit of singing his sermons in order to draw in a reluctant congregation, but the history of the area stretches from long before his time and there are Bronze Age barrows on the high ground. There are also tremendous coastal views of white cliffs rising vertically from dense vegetation on the slumped undercliffs. An excellent walk for young children.