St Adhelms Head and Emmetts Hill

Wonderful views of the dramatic Purbeck Coast, lots of natural interest and lots of steps; two hundred down and 200 up if you decide to take a round trip!

 

Site Name St Adhelms Head and Emmetts Hill
Protection
  • Open Access
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
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County Dorset
More Information https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Alban%27s_Head
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1002501…
Site Projects
St Adhelms Head and Emmetts Hill

St Adhelm's Head and Emmetts Hill: stepping out -

If you like a challenging walk and stunning views of the Dorset coast line then a circular walk from the car park near Renscombe Farm out to St Adhelm's Head and then to Emmetts Hill and back is made just for you. After you leave St Adhelm's you descend over 100 steep steps and then immediately climb over 100 more to get back to the top at Emmetts Hill. That is pretty demanding on the leg muscles and these days these steps are out as far as I am concerned.

If, like me, you find that prospect daunting then just visit twice and do two 'there and back' walks to the top of each set of steps. St Adhelm's is well known for its views and the ancient little chapel there. It is the most southerly point of the Purbeck coast and you can see for miles westwards. As you walk along the coastal path by Emmetts Hill you look down on the secluded cove at Chapmans Pool and, you can descend down to the shore here but remember, you have to come back up again.

Apart from the views you are guaranteed some natural interest too, especially in mid-summer when the butterflies are active. It can get busy at weekends but is never crowded.     

St Adhelms Head and Emmetts Hill

50.579944957106, -2.0572531351981
Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
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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
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

16
H6

Sand Dunes

15
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

14
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

10
A2

Scrub

9
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
J3

Built-up areas

7
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

19
MG05

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

15
CG02

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

12
CG03

Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland

12
CG07

Festuca ovina - Pilosella officinarum - Thymus polytrichum [Sheeps Fescue/Mouse-ear hawkweed/Wild Thyme] grassland

11
CG06

Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland

9
CG01

Festuca ovina - Calluna vulgaris [Sheeps Fescue/Ling] grassland

9
W08

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

9
MG06

Lolium perenne - Cynosurus cristatus [Perennial ryegrass/Crested dog's tail] grassland

9
MG07

Lolium perenne [Perennial ryegrass] and related species grassland

9
Site Notables
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
06-10-13

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The number of species recorded per species group: