logo Walking Britain

Dorset Walk
Gad Cliff & Povington Hill from Tyneham

County/Area - Dorset

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 4.5 miles / 7.3 km

Ascent - 1200 feet / 364 metres

Time - 3 hours 30 minutes

Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference SY882802
Lat 50.621384 // Long -2.168166
Postcode BH20 5DE (approx. location only)

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Gad Cliff & Povington Hill from Tyneham
Click thumbnails for larger images.

This energetic walk offers exceptional coastal views and starts from car park in the deserted village of Tyneham (Grid ref. SY882802). Tyneham was evacuated in 1943 prior to D-Day and the villagers were never allowed back. There is also a small museum.

From the car park walk south to Tyneham Farm and take the ascending track and path south to the top of Gad Cliff (grid ref. SY884796). You immediately have a wonderful coastal panorama along the Dorset Coast. Turn right onto the South West Coast Path with the sea to your left. The path descends slowly at first before dropping more steeply down to Warbarrow Bay.

Like all coastal walking the path follows a switchback and you soon start to climb again to the ancient hill fort of Flower?s Barrow (grid ref. SY864805). At this point we are going to turn right inland to Whiteway Hill but before doing so it's worth walking a short way west to enjoy the view along the coast towards Lulworth.

Take the signed path along the ridge eastwards to Whiteway Hill (grid ref. SY876809). Continue in the same direction towards the next summit along the ridge, Povington Hill, descending to reach a road (grid ref. SY881810). Follow the path to Povington Hill (grid ref. SY887811) which offers a wonderful panorama.

Having enjoyed the view, retrace your route along the ridge path bearing left downhill on a signed track at grid ref. SY881810 towards Tyneham village. The descent is gentle and you have a good view of the remains of the village below. Walk through the village to return to the car park.

Please maintain social distancing - keep at least 2 metres away from other walkers

Covid 19 Update for Walkers

Maps Ordnance Survey Logo Anquet Maps Logo

Ordnance Survey Explorer OL15Sheet Map1:25kBUY
Anquet OS Explorer OL15Digital Map1:25kBUY
Ordnance Survey Landranger 194Sheet Map1:50kBUY
Anquet OS Landranger 194Digital Map1:50kBUY

It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.

Recommended Reading

South West Coast Path Map Booklet - Minehead to St Ives

South West Coast Path Map Booklet - Minehead to St IvesMap of the northern section of the 630 mile (1014km) South West Coast Path National Trail. Covers the trail from Minehead to St Ives along the north Devon and Cornish coastline. This convenient and compact booklet of Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps shows the route, providing all of the mapping you need to walk the trail in either direction.
More information

Social Media

Follow Walking Britain for the latest news.

Facebook Twitter

Walking - Covid 19 update

Regular updates on how Covid 19 will impact on walking in the UK More info.

Mountain Weather

Stay safe on the mountains with detailed weather forecasts - for iOS devices or for Android devices.

Digital Mapping Guide

Digital Mapping Guide - a simple guide of how to start using digital mapping. Includes advice and useful links.