Osmington Mills

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

Site Name Osmington Mills
Protection
  • Open Access
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
3
Map Reference SY742813
County Dorset
More Information
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1002501…
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.

Osmington Mills

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
3
Site Habitats
Site Diary
Diary Date Notes
23-06-20

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
28-09-18

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05-10-17

There is no information about this visit

03-05-16

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Site Records
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Species Scientific Name Notes Record Date Report Date Interest
Agrimony Agrimonia eupatoria

Frequent

23-06-20
0
Ash Fraxinus excelsior

Occasional

03-05-16
0
Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus

Scarce

23-06-20
0
Bittersweet Solanum dulcamara

Occasional

05-10-17
0
Blackbird Turdus merula

Present

23-06-20
0
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla

Present

03-05-16
0
Bramble Rubus fruticosus agg.

Very common

23-06-20
0
Bristly Oxtongue Picris echioides

Occasional

23-06-20
0
Broad-leaved Dock Rumex obtusifolius

Frequent

23-06-20
0
Bugle Ajuga reptans

Local

03-05-16
0
Bulbous Buttercup Ranunculus bulbosus

Frequent

03-05-16
0
Bush Vetch Vicia sepium

Occasional

23-06-20
0
Buzzard Buteo buteo

Overhead

23-06-20
0
Carrion Crow Corvus corone

Present

03-05-16
0
Cats-ear Hypochaeris radicata

Common

23-06-20
0
Charlock Sinapis arvensis

Frequent

23-06-20
0
Cleavers Galium aparine

Common

23-06-20
0
Clouded Yellow Colias crocea

Present

05-10-17
0
Cocks-foot Dactylis glomerata

Common

23-06-20
0
Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum

Several

23-06-20
0
Common Mallow Malva sylvestris

Scarce

23-06-20
0
Common Nettle Urtica dioica

Common

23-06-20
0
Common Ragwort Senecio jacobaea

Occasional

23-06-20
0
Common Reed Phragmites australis

Local

28-09-18
0
Common Snail Helix aspersa

Present

05-10-17
0
Common Sorrel Rumex acetosa

Occasional

23-06-20
0
Common Sow-thistle Sonchus species

Frequent

23-06-20
0
Common Vetch Vicia sativa

Rare

03-05-16
0
Cow Parsley Anthriscus sylvestris

Occasional

03-05-16
0
Cowslip Primula veris

Rare

03-05-16
0
Crab Apple Malus sylvestris

Rare

03-05-16
0
Creeping Buttercup Ranunculus repens

Frequent

23-06-20
0
Creeping Cinquefoil Potentilla reptans

Frequent

23-06-20
0
Creeping Thistle Cirsium arvense

Frequent

23-06-20
0
Crow Garlic Allium vineale

Scarce

23-06-20
0
Curled Dock Rumex crispus

Occasional

23-06-20
0
Cut-leaved Cranesbill Geranium dissectum

Rare

03-05-16
0
Daisy Bellis perennis

very common

03-05-16
0
Dandelion Taraxacum agg.

Frequent

03-05-16
0
Dark-edged Bee-fly Bombylius major

Present

03-05-16
0
Dock Shieldbug Coreus marginatus

Present

03-05-16
0
Dog Rose Rosa canina

Occasional

23-06-20
0
Fat Hen Chenopodium album

Scarce

23-06-20
0
Field Bindweed Convolvulus arvensis

Occasional

23-06-20
0
Flesh Fly Sarcophaga carnaria

Present

23-06-20
0
Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus

Numerous

23-06-20
0
Giant Fescue Festuca gigantea

Occasional

23-06-20
0
Giant Horsetail Equisetum telmateia

Local

23-06-20
0
Goat Willow Salix caprea

Frequent

03-05-16
0
Gorse Ulex europaeus

Frequent

03-05-16
0