The friendly and peaceful village of Worth Matravers is a wonderful rural community in Purbeck and often draws in holiday guests to the life of the village. Here is an overview of Worth Matravers as a holiday destination with photographs, comments and recommendations from holiday guests visiting Worth Matravers holiday cottages.
In Worth Matravers local events happen all year around and include stone carving, the local fete, a pumpkin festival, and numerous small music events at the local public house. Worth Matravers is location on the Jurassic Coast and is a wonderful walking area with footpaths and cycle routes along the coast to Swanage or inland to Corfe Castle.
The principle locations around Worth Matravers are Winspit Bay, St Albans Head, Dancing Ledge and Chapmans Pool. All of these coastal locations are on the headland around Worth Matravers and are within a short walk of the village.
Guest Gallery of Worth Matravers & the Jurassic Coast
These photographs of Worth Matravers in Dorset which include photos taken by our holiday guests. Photos below include images by guests to Work Matravers Cottages including Patrick Geldhof, John Bowler, Jon Stone, Jude Browne and Andrew Faraday
Worth Matravers Holiday Activities
Many of our guests return with suggestions of activities for us to pass to future families. Sometimes we are surprised with some of the new and wonderful activities they discover. So, below are the main activities in Worth Matravers and some of the more unusual ones discovered by holiday guests to Worth Matravers Cottages.
Pasty and a Pint at the Square and Compass
The Square and Compass pub is a traditional public house with lots of character and which has never served meals. However, for hungry walkers and those who appreciate a good pasty, they provide a lunch time pasty or pie. These can be enjoyed in the sun trap at the front of the public house where you can also enjoy the view of the Jurassic Coast.
The bay beneath Worth Matravers is Winspit Bay and is reached by a footpath from the village green. The bay has terraces of rock which act as giant steps down to the sea. People swim in the bay or sunbath of the rock platforms all around. It is a beautiful and dramatic place and the reminisce of traditional stone quarrying and old fashioned smuggling are all around. The large mine entrances are not safe to explore but you can stand outside and look deep into the vast caverns. A rare type of bat can be found here and visiting on a clear night you will get a wonderful view of the stars well away from any light pollution.
Feeding the Ducks
Worth Matravers takes the village ducks very seriously and they have a status akin to royalty. They waddle around the village green and swim in the village pond during the day and will meet newcomers to the village who offer them some bread or a little of their packed lunch. The village pond area has a bench and it is a lovely place to enjoy a sunny day. Around the pond there is a tea shop and a small art gallery.
The playground in Worth Matravers is incredibly popular with our guests. Parents appreciate the chance for children to burn off a little energy and the simple park has plenty to drive the imagination of children. Parents also get a lovely rural view from the park and get to meet other local parents. We often have holiday guests recommending the playground as a wonderful feature in the village.
Purbeck Stone Carving
Burngate Stone Carving Centre is on the road to Swanage and is a lovely family friendly holiday activity to get a taste for stone carving. The stone carving tradition is long established in Purbeck and there has been small scale stone quarrying in Purbeck for hundreds of years. For times and dates visit www.burngatestonecentre.co.uk
Walks and Cycle Rides around Worth Matravers
Walking and cycling are two of the most popular activities around Worth Matravers. There are so many places to walk or cycle to which are within an comfortable distance. Beaches and bays along the Jurassic Coast such as Dancing Ledge and Chapmans Pool are within an easy walk. To reach dancing ledge follow signs East towards Swanage along the Priest’s Way and turn right (south) down to the coast when Dancing Ledge is signposted (after about 20mins). The walk back from Dancing Ledge to Worth Matravers can be done by following the coastal path West to Winspit and then inland to the village.
Chapmans Pool with its iconically shaped bay is West of Worth Matravers and reached by following the road through the village, past the duck pond and out to a car park on the West of the village. From here signposts either take you across the fields or around on a tar lane.
If you are cycling you might like to try following the Priests Way all the way to Swanage. From here you can cycle back the way you came or make a large loop by cycling across the Purbeck hills to Corfe Castle, up to Kingston and then back into Worth Matravers. Cycle rides or walks to local pubs include the trip to Kingston or Langton.
Guest Comments which Mention Worth Matravers
The following comments have been received by holiday guest staying in cottages in Worth Matravers and which mention the village and local attractions.
“Don’t want to say too much as this part of England and Worth Matravers is a well kept secret. Let’s keep it that way. ” – Ray Thomas – May 2015 – Seaview Cottage
“Amazing location, gorgeous views, village ,pub and access to walks.” – Suzie Ward – Apr 2015 – Seaview Cottage
“Wonderful coastal location for great walks all you need is the weather” – David Greenwood – Aug 2014 – Seaview Cottage
“Wonderful location in a wonderful part of the world ” – Colin Slasberg – Jul 2015 – Worth Cottage
“We can also recommend the Square and Compass, a lovely traditional village pub selling delicious pies and pasties.” – Jackie B – Apr 2012 – Speedwell
“We enjoyed the café and the Village Hall sale of baked goods, local produce, artists and crafts from the region, cream teas and rummage sale held every day. The 2 children enjoyed the park across the road. Best swings ever. ” – Joanne Morrow – Aug 2014 – Speedwell
“Beautiful village and setting. ” – Jill Dawson – Oct 2014 – Speedwell
“Wonderful tea/supper rooms in the village well worth a visit. Hope to be back soon.” – Deborah D – May 2012 – Speedwell
“ideally positioned for the coast path and the square and compass! ” – James Dickie – Apr 2015 – Clematis Cottage