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Ringstead beach, Dorset. Copyright image.
Copyright © J Champion

Ringstead Bay is quite simply an excellent family beach in West Dorset.

Five miles east of Weymouth, and backed by farmland, the south-facing beach curves in a crescent between Ringstead Ledge in the west to White Nothe headland in the southeast.

Ringstead Bay is accessed by a number of paths, one passes an old radar station whilst over to the east another steep route, called the 'Smuggler's Path' leads to White Nothe Undercliff.

Parking is available behind the beach but requires you to pay a fee on the toll road leading to it. Parking is free at top of the hill but it is quite a long walk down.

The shingle beach has some excellent offshore reefs and sand uncovered at low tide. There are toilets here, a shop and cafe, with safe swimming.

Ringstead beach and cliffs are part of the Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Site, more commonly referred to as the 'Jurassic Coast'.


 Flora and Fauna

 Sandy beach

 Cafe, shop or pub

 Dogs permitted

 Family friendly



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.

Local area

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 Lulworth, Poundbury, Bere Regis and Dorchester.

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 Dorchester, Bere Regis, Weymouth and Wareham.

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