Kimmeridge Quarry, East Circular Route




Access Restrictions ?



Medium- 1st part

the rest - Easy

No -

A 4-mile walk with great views from along the inner ridgeway above Kimmeridge. It has 1 quite steep, but not too long, ascent at the start and takes you via Swyre Head, the highest point on the Isle of Purbeck.

The detailed walk is below and also here in PDF format if you wish to print:-

Kimmeridge Quarry, East Circular Route
How to get there: - Grid Reference; 918801. Turn right for Kimmeridge/Creech off
the Wareham Bypass. Follow the road for about 4 miles, up onto the ridge and
descend the other side. Turn right for Kimmeridge and after about a mile,
immediately after a right hand bend, turn left into the quarry car park.
There is a village shop with toilets in Kimmeridge about ½ mile further down the
Walk details:-
As you leave the car park, turn right and immediately bear right up the right hand
fork. After about 100 metres, turn right onto a track and continue along this track,
beyond a point called ‘Heaven’s Gate’ and walk on to Swyre Head (about 1 ¼ miles).
Just as you approach Swyre Head, through the final stile in the wall, turn left and
follow the track down to the left to the road (1 mile). Encombe House (in ‘Encombe
Bowl’) will be to your right with views across Houns Tout to St Aldhelm’s/St Albans
Turn left and follow the gravel, then grassy track, back to Heavens Gate. Turn right
and follow your original outward track back to the car park.
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