Osmington Mills

A lovely, gentle stretch of the coastal path between Osmington Mills and Ringstead  

Site Name Osmington Mills
Protection
  • Open Access
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
3
County Dorset
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Osmington Mills

Osmington Mills: to Ringstead and back -

I am very fond of this walk from Osmington Mills to Ringstead and back along the coastal path. Much of the Purbeck coastal path is quite challenging and advancing years means much of it is now 'off-limits' but this stretch is quite gentle and has a resting place at both ends. Add in sea views and what else could you want for an afternoon stroll in spring or summer?

The path does start with a short and fairly steep climb up from the Smugglers Inn and this can be quite slippery in winter. Once at the top you get the best of the views along to White Nothe in the east and across to Portland and Weymouth to the south and west. The gentle decent then passes in to a scrubby area before you reach a couple of wooded valleys where small streams flow down to the sea. 

Once at Ringstead there is a stony beach to sit on or, if you prefer, a small cafe where you can get an ice cream (the coffee is not too good!). Once rested you can stroll back again, it is just over a mile in each direction.  

The parking is restricted at Osmington Mills and it gets busy in summer so you could consider starting at Ringstead Bay and walking the other way. There is a charge for parking here.

Osmington Mills

50.634007659333, -2.3721659816729
Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
3
These are the habitat types that MAY be present on the site based on the species recorded there (top 10 only shown):
Phase 1 Habitat Types Description No of Species
B3

Calcareous Grassland

13
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

11
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

11
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

10
A2

Scrub

9
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
H6

Sand Dunes

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

7
F1

Swamp

6
These are the number of species for NVC codes on the site - it DOES NOT mean that the NVC community is actually present on the site: it might be! (Top 10 only shown):
NVC Community Description No of Species
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

16
W08

Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland

16
W07

Alnus - Fraxinus - Lysimachia nemorum [Alder/Ash/Yellow Pimpernel] woodland

13
W09

Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland

13
W10

Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland

11
MG05

Cynosurus cristatus - Centaurea nigra [Crested Dogs-tail/Black knapweed] grassland

11
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

8
CG02

Festuca ovina - Helictotrichon pratense [Sheep's Fescue/Meadow Oat-grass] grassland

7
CG03

Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland

7
CG06

Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland

7
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03-05-16

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05-10-17

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28-09-18

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23-06-20

A lovely afternoon for a walk along the coast from Ringstead to Osmington Mills and back:

  •  We got a little more than we expected with three laid up cruise liners just a little way off shore!
  • Far better were the large numbers of marbled whites and other butterflies on the many bramble flowers
  • As alwys in summer a nice selection of wild flowers; nothing notable but all lovely
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The number of species recorded per species group: