4.3 of 5 (3 votes)

The Dorset Downs from Osmington

A moderate walk (coast) in Dorset, England, about 12.80km (7.95 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 231m (757ft)
Descent 228m (748ft)
Max. Elevation 160m (524ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 459m (1505ft)
Start & End
Distance 12.80km
Duration ~4:15h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 30 Jul 2014
This is a straightforward hill-and-coast combo in Dorset, a short bus ride from Weymouth. First stop is the Osmington White Horse, then a short ridge walk before dropping down to the coast, with a great pub near the end.

Walk Functions


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OS Grid SY723831
Take the bus to Osmington. Turn left and follow Church Lane past the church, heading gently uphill.
OS Grid SY721841
It gets a little steeper at the top as you leave the track and head for the top of the Dorset Downs.
About 1.02 km (~0.63 miles) from
OS Grid SY712845
Turn west along the ridgeway path to reach the top of the hill. Perfect for breaking into the sandwiches with views of the sea.
About 1.00 km (~0.62 miles) from
OS Grid SY734840
Retrace your steps and continue heading eastwards along the ridge, towards Foxwell Manor. The path goes uphill slightly before you reach the manor, dropping down to the road to the southeast.
About 2.24 km (~1.39 miles) from
OS Grid SY745830
Cross the road and take the path directly opposite, which leads through a small patch of woodland.
About 1.49 km (~0.93 miles) from
OS Grid SY748826
Turn left at the road and follow this for around 1km.
About 0.52 km (~0.32 miles) from
OS Grid SY760822
Follow the track beyond the car park into the National Trust land. Continue towards the sea.
About 1.29 km (~0.8 miles) from
OS Grid SY762816
Turn left at the footpath junction and head for Burning Cliff (don't worry, it's not really burning). Follow the coast path heading west.
About 0.63 km (~0.39 miles) from
OS Grid SY750813
Pass through the village of Ringstead and follow the path.
About 1.20 km (~0.75 miles) from
OS Grid SY735817
The walk towards Osmington Mills and the excellent Smugglers' Inn: http://smugglersinnosmingtonmills.co.uk. Beer with a sea view - what more could you want?
About 1.59 km (~0.99 miles) from
OS Grid SY726828
There are no buses to Osmington Mills, so you need to return to Osmington via the bridleway that runs parallel to the road.
About 1.41 km (~0.88 miles) from

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