Swyre Head & Tyneham Cap from Kimmeridge
Jurassic Coast Walk
Region - Jurassic Coast
County/Area - Dorset
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 11.8 miles / 19.1 km Ascent - 1400 feet / 424 metres
Time - 7 hours 20 minutes Grade - moderate
|Ordnance Survey Explorer OL15
|Anquet OS Explorer OL15
|Ordnance Survey Landranger 194
|Anquet OS Landranger 194
Walk Route Description
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This walk combines dramatic seascapes with the more rural landscapes in land. The route passes one of Britain's few land based oil wells and includes a section of the South West Coast Path. Sections of this walk are close to firing ranges and you are advised to take heed of all warnings in respect of path closures. In addition it is recommended you stay on marked paths and do not touch any suspicious objects that you might find. There is also restricted access so please check Range Opening Times.
The start is the small car park located in a quarry above the village of Kimmeridge (Grid ref. SY918800). After parking, take the signed bridleway on the northern side of the quarry that rises gently in south-easterly direction along a ridge onto Smedmore Hill. The bridleway continues in a similar direction to the trig point on Swyre Head (203 metres above sea level).
From Swyre head the route initially swings north following a bridleway past Polar Wood to reach a tarmac lane (grid ref. SY943792). Bear right along the lane and walk towards the village of Kingston (where there is a pub slightly off route). Reaching the Plantation car park (grid ref. SY953795) turn right down the signed footpath that leads down to the coast at Houns-tout Cliff.
Reaching the coast turn right along the South West Coast Path. You walk past the Kimmeridge Ledges to reach the Clavell Tower and Kimmeridge Bay. Stay on the South West Coast Path past the oil wells and up to the eastern end of Gad Cliff (grid ref. SY888797). Turn right here and ascend Tyneham Cap continuing by following the track ahead which descends to reach a bridleway at grid ref. SY905802. Here take the bridleway straight ahead which leads back to the car park from where the walk started.
Other walks nearby
|Houns-tout Cliff from Kingston
|Egmont Point & Kimmeridge Bay from Tyneham
|Gad Cliff, Povington Hill & Tyneham
|St Aldhelm's Head near Worth Matravers
|Dancing Ledge & Durlston Head from Langton Matravers
|Durdle Door & Lulworth Cove
|Durdle Door & White Nothe from Lulworth Cove
|Bindon Hill and the Fossil Forest from Lulworth
|Purbeck Coast from Swanage
|Old Harry & Ballard Down from Studland
Recommended Books & eBooks
South West Coast Path Map Booklet - Minehead to St Ives
Map 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.
The South West Coast Path
Guidebook to walking the entire South West Coast Path National Trail. The route runs for 630 miles from Minehead to Poole along the north Devon, Cornish, south Devon and Dorset coastline. Divided into 45 stages, this long-distance coastal trek could be completed within 4 weeks, or walked in sections. Guide includes maps and essential information.