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Blow off the cobwebs

...with a bracing walk across the Jurassic coastline. Dorset is home to some of the most stunning views in the British Isles and we recently enjoyed a beautiful walk with the dogs and the younger members of the family.

We started at the highly recommended Smugglers Inn at Osmington which, sitting in a dip with cliffs either side, looks just like well, a pub for smugglers or pirates.

We headed East across the cliff tops taking in the stunning views across the English channel. At Ringstead Bay we dropped down onto the beach where we came across some hardy swimmers (in March). The kids and dogs all had a paddle and we did some fossil hunting - coming across this little beauty. Apparently, it's a brachipod!?

With our legs feeling the burn and our cheeks feeling suitably wind-blown (but in a good way) we headed back towards the Smugglers for some of the best chicken wings we've ever had! A very happy day for all. Our walk took about an hour and a half in total but if you are feeling energeticyou could follow the path Eastwards inland past the remains of a deserted Medieval Village, whose church still remains, although it is now a private cottage. From here the route climbs through serene woodland, dotted with daffs and snowdrops in the spring, to the top of Spring Bottom Hill, where there are tremendous views down over the landscape below and out further and keep heading towards the inland medieval village.

Ringstead Bay


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