The Immediate Vicinity
Ringstead offers some of the most wonderful walking in England with spectacular views across both the sea and the unspoilt countryside. You're welcome to bring your dog to Shore Cottage - they absolutely love it based on the reaction of our own dog and those of previous guests! A 25 minute walk along the coast path to Osmington can be rewarded with a drink or meal at The Smuggler's Inn, or you can continue on towards Weymouth. In the other direction, you can walk up White Nothe (and down the end of it to the beach if you're feeling adventurous), or head inland to The Sailor's Return at East Chaldon for some refreshment. A slightly longer clifftop walk will take you to Durdle Door and on to Lulworth Cove - two of the South Coast's natural wonders.
A Short Drive
The spectacular Lulworth Cove is a beautiful crescent shaped natural harbour bordered by a pebble beach, with a backdrop of dramatically-crumpled Jurassic rock strata. The cove is a popular area for snorkelling and diving. The excellent Heritage Centre is well worth a visit, with exhibits and hands-on activities explaining how this beautiful section of coastline has evolved over millions of years. A 30-minute walk leads to the the magnificent Durdle Door arch and beach which is recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for its excellent water quality.
Rugged Portland Bill
Chesil Beach is an 18 miles long pebble beach stretching from Portland to West Bay. For much of its length it is separated from the mainland by an area of saline water called the Fleet Lagoon. The beach and the lagoon are important areas for wildlife with a number of national and international designations to help protect the area.
There are loads of other interesting places to visit when you stay at Shore Cottage. Here's a small selection:
Maiden Castle - an Iron age hill fort
Corfe Castle - one of the most evocative ruined castles in England
Thomas Hardy’s Cottage
Eggardon Hill Fort
Studland & Old Harry Rocks