Set high on a hilltop overlooking Chesil Beach and the Isle of Portland, this 14th century chapel was built by the monks of the nearby Abbotsbury Abbey as a place of pilgrimage and retreat. Today the chapel still sits in splendid isolation.
St Catherine’s Chapel sits on top of a steep hill but the short, sharp walk up Chapel Hill is well worth it – you will feel on top of the world when you get there! After looking around the Chapel; fly kites, picnic, head for the village tea rooms or enjoy the timber play park at the foot of Chapel Hill.
Visit the English Heritage website for further information
Walk a little or a lot
- Try either a 2 mile route around Chapel Hill or a 3.5 mile walk around the beach & gardens following this bus stop trail
- Enjoy a 2.5 mile circular walk inland, taking in the Abbotsbury Plains and White Hill.
- For a longer leg stretch try our 5 mile Abbotsbury Hillfort walk and enjoy discovering the ancient landscape of the South Dorset Ridgeway, as you follow the illustrated route map.
Walking, swimming and views