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Smugglers Ways

The Smugglers Ways walk is a circular trail near Swanage. It starts at Worth Matravers then travels to Winspit Quarry and along the South West Coast Path to Seacombe.

The trail was once used by Smugglers who under the cover of darkness would store their smuggled goods in the hidden caves and tunnels. There are spectacular sea cliffs and a secretive cove along the way.

Smugglers Ways

Start point:Worth Matravers village car park
Nearest postcode: BH19 3LE or grid ref: SY 974 776
Distance:3 miles (4.8km)
Typical time to complete the walk:2.5 to 3 hours
Route leaflet:

You can download a copy of the Smugglers' Ways leaflet (pdf, 619kb) (opens in a new window).

Relevant Ordnance Survey map:Explorer Map No.OL15 (Purbeck and South Dorset). You can buy a copy from the Discover Purbeck Information Centre.
Footwear:Walking boots are recommended all year.
Public transport:
Parking:

There are two car parks in Worth Matravers. This trail starts from the one nearest the village pub -this car park requests a donation for its use.

Facilities and Refreshments:

There is a village pub and tearooms (opens in a new window) in Worth Matravers. There are public toilets in the car park at the start of the trail.

Other activities in the area:

Car Free Days Out, The Purbeck Way, South West Coast Path, Purbeck cycle rides, Worth Matravers and St Aldhelm's Head walk (opens in a new window)

Staying a while in the area?You can find walker-friendly accommodation on the Visit Dorset website (opens in a new window).


This walking route along with the Quarrymans Ways and Commoners Ways was created by the Purbeck Keystone Project.

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