Osmington Mills

A lovely, gentle stretch of the coastal path between Osmington Mills and Ringstead  

Osmington MIlls

Osmington Mills: to Ringstead and back -

I am very fond of this walk from Osmington Mills to Ringstead and back along the coastal path. Much of the Purbeck coastal path is quite challenging and advancing years means much of it is now 'off-limits' but this stretch is quite gentle and has a resting place at both ends. Add in sea views and what else could you want for an afternoon stroll in spring or summer?

The path does start with a short and fairly steep climb up from the Smugglers Inn and this can be quite slippery in winter. Once at the top you get the best of the views along to White Nothe in the east and across to Portland and Weymouth to the south and west. The gentle decent then passes in to a scrubby area before you reach a couple of wooded valleys where small streams flow down to the sea. 

Once at Ringstead there is a stony beach to sit on or, if you prefer, a small cafe where you can get an ice cream (the coffee is not too good!). Once rested you can stroll back again, it is just over a mile in each direction.  

The parking is restricted at Osmington Mills and it gets busy in summer so you could consider starting at Ringstead Bay and walking the other way. There is a charge for parking here.

Site Name Osmington Mills
Protection Open Access
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Diversity Average
Map Reference SY742813
County Dorset
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Portland can be seen to the west

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The view along the coast to White  Nothe in the east

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The cliffs are quite sandy here

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The coastal path crosses a couple of streams that run down to the sea

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There are small stretches of woodland habitat along the way

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Some World War II defences still remain after all these years

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A lovely afternoon for a walk along the coast from Ringstead to Osmington Mills and back:

  •  We got a little more than we expected with three laid up cruise liners just a little way off shore!
  • Far better were the large numbers of marbled whites and other butterflies on the many bramble flowers
  • As alwys in summer a nice selection of wild flowers; nothing notable but all lovely

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