This circular walk is part of the Conservation Walks which starts at Newlands Farm. It heads west for a short distance with far reaching views to Portland, then turns northward crossing beautiful farmland, and then back to Daggers Gate.
Park at Daggers Gate Grid Ref: SY811813
Distance: Approx. 2 miles
Time: Approx. 45 minutes
Terrain: Gentle inclines, open countryside
Views: Far reaching sea and country views
Points of interest: View of Portland
Nearby pubs: Harry’s Bar at Durdle Door Caravan Site
PHOTOS TO FOLLOW
Walk towards Durdle Door Caravan Site entrance and start walk by turning onto track signposted: “PRIVATE ROAD Newlands Farm & Cottages No Access to Durdle Door”.
Continue for about 75 yards then at Newlands Farm Cottage (on left) turn right onto track signposted RINGSTEAD 4.
Continue along this uphill track with Durdle Door caravan site to your left and enjoy the beautiful view of Portland ahead in the distance. At top of hill go through a gate and follow the path alongside the gorse hedge. Look down to your left to see Scratchy Bottom foothpath which meets with the South West Coast Path.
After about 300 yards turn away from the coast and up through a gate diagonally right. Keep to wire fence on your right up and over the hill to a stile. Over the stile and turn left onto a track and then turn almost immediately right and follow this track downhill, with far-reaching views north.
Continue down the track, round the S bend then straight on uphill, then eventually downhill and follow track round a sharp righthand bend, then uphill, round lefthand bend, then right through old farm buildings to signpost and keep straight on main track signposted DAGGERS GATE.
If you are lucky enough to be out on a warm sunny day, look at the wonderful array of wild flowers – red poppies, mauve and white heather, purple thistle, dandelions, daisies etc. and the wheat fields – the different shades of green and brown.
As you come up and over the hill and through the farm you will see the main road ahead to where the cars are parked.
With the blue sky, the sea in the distance and surrounded by all this colour, what could be a more satisfying way to end such a lovely walk than to head down to Durdle Door Caravan Site, to Harry’s Bar, and to sit outside with a cup of coffee, a beer, a plate of chips or something more substantial. Talk about the fantastic walk you’ve just had and celebrate the beauty of this area.