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Quarrymans Ways

The Quarrymans Ways walk is a circular trail starting in Acton, near Swanage. It provides a unique chance to see old quarries and imagine what Purbeck must have been like 100 years ago.

Quarrymans Ways

Start point:Acton village car park
Nearest postcode: BH19 3JS or grid ref: SY 988 785
Distance:1 ½ miles
Typical time to complete the walk:1 hour
Accessibility:This route follows quite lanes and crosses open fields. There are a number of stiles and gates along the route.
Route leaflet:

Pick up a copy of the route leaflet from the Discover Purbeck Information Centre or download the  Quarrymans Ways leaflet (pdf, 886kb) (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 recommended.
Public transport:
Parking:There is a small, free car park at the start of the route.
Facilities and Refreshments:There is a pub and  tearooms (opens in a new window) in Worth Matravers and one pub in Langton Matravers - the two neighbouring villages.
Other activities in the area:

The Purbeck Way, South West Coast Path, Purbeck cycle rides, Dancing Ledge 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).


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