Ringstead Bay

Unspoilt beach, farmland and cliffs on the Jurassic Coast.
Spend a day on this quiet stretch of the West Dorset coast where you can take a walk across the cliff tops above Ringstead, bring a kite, or pack a picnic and follow one of the steep ancient tracks down to the shingle beach.
The water is incredibly clear and safe for bathing.

Take a closer look

The sloping pebble beach which forms the shoreline of Ringstead Bay is a favourite with families and visitors who are looking for a quieter, less crowded day at the beach.

The crystal clear waters make it an ideal spot to swim or even snorkel, especially near to the breakwater.  This is a peaceful alternative to the busier resort of Weymouth and boasts a fantastic view of Portland to admire as you swim.

The beach is dog friendly all year round so you can also bring along your four legged family members here too.

Ringstead Bay (c) Tony Gill

Walk a little or a lot

The countryside surrounding Ringstead Bay is a haven for walkers with miles of footpaths to explore including a particularly scenic stretch of the South West Coast Path.

Starting from the National Trust car park, you can follow it west towards Osmington and Weymouth or east towards the famous Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. If you walk out to White Nothe you will pass above Burning Cliff which once caught fire due to its composition of oil shale and iron pyorites.

Plan your walk along the South West Coast Path here

Alternatively follow one of the steep, ancient tracks through the wildlife-rich fields from the car park down to the bay.

A wildlife haven

Willdlife enthusiasts, bring your binoculars because you are in for a treat!

  • The interesting scrub at Ringstead attracts migratory birds such as the white throat, you might also see waders on the foreshore and rock pipits. Listen out for the melodious song of the shy & secretive nightingale.
  • You’re on prime butterfly-spotting territory, so look out for the distinctive Marbled White and well camouflaged Grayling butterflies.
  • On the ground you can see many beautiful wildflowers including viper’s bugloss, carline thistle and other flowering plants of calcarious grassland.

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