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Chapman's Pool

Chapman's Pool beach, Dorset

Chapman's Pool is a small cove to the west of Worth Matravers on the Isle of Purbeck.

It is an idyllic place, few folk actually descend to it due to its difficult access. If walking the coastal path from the direction of Swanage, pass Durslton, Anvil Point and the Lighthouse, Dancing Ledge, Seacombe, Winspit, and on up to St. Aldhelm's Head with its Chapel and cottages.

From here you can continue on the defined coastal path and inland a little around the back of what is Chapman's Pool. You can achieve some perception of what a delightful spot it is from this path, and continue along same gaining height on to Hounstout Cliff, continuing past Encombe House laying inland and past Swyre Head above you.

Chapmans Pool is rich in ammonites, reptiles and shells, it is a very long walk down to the beach, but the fossils are often rewarding. It is best to visit during summer months when the tides are not so rough, otherwise you have limited time.



 Flora and Fauna

 Sandy beach

 Interesting geology

OS Explorer Map OL15: Purbeck & South Dorset

OS Explorer Map OL15: Purbeck & South Dorset

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

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Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Swanage, Poole, Sandbanks and Wareham.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Wareham, Swanage, Poole and Bere Regis.

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