Chapmans Pool is a tranquil bay, held snug in a hollow of Kimmeridge Clay and sheltered by the towering cliffs of Houns Tout and Emmetts Hill. A steep trek down brings you to the quiet that only these remote places still possess.

How to Get There

Chapmans Pool can be accessed on foot from the nearby Purbeck villages of Worth Matravers and Kingston, which are themselves accessed via Corfe Castle, Wareham or Swanage.

It makes for a brilliant stopping point when completing a longer coastal walk through this section of the Jurassic Coast. Other points of interest nearby include Dancing Ledge, Kimmeridge Bay and Worbarrow Bay.

Chapmans Pool - Peter Hurford
Chapmans Pool. © Peter Hurford

Car Parking and Facilities

The nearest car park to Chapmans Pool is Renscombe car park at the top of the valley, which is accessed via Worth Matravers. Please note that there is a height limit on vehicles at this car park.

From the coast path, it is a long hike to the beach  at Chapmans Pool down a steep hill. This means that unfortunately it is unsuitable for anyone with mobility issues or for pushchairs.

Steps to Chapmans Pool - Tanya Hart
Steps down to Chapmans Pool from the coast path. © Tanya Hart via Flickr

Beach Information and Dogs

Chapmans Pool is a rocky and pebbly cove accessed via the steep sides of the valley leading down to the cove.

Sturdy footwear is needed for the walk to, and on, beach. The beach at Chapmans Pool is often used for bathing depending on weather conditions.

There are no facilities of any kind here, so you will need to take everything with you. Dogs are allowed here all year round.

Chapmans Pool beach & boat - Jomega
The beach at Chapmans Pool. © Jomega via Flickr

Where to Stay

You can book a cottage in the area with one of our fabulous Business Partners such as Dorset Holiday Cottages.

Visit our Accommodation page and search for ‘Purbeck’ for more information on available places to stay in the area.

Chapmans Pool sparkling in sun - Allan
Chapmans Pool sparking in the sun. © Allan via Flickr

Need to Know: Look and Leave


Like an outdoor museum exhibit, in situ ammonite fossils can be seen at Chapmans Pool. They are embedded in the Kimmeridge Clay rocks found here, which date to the Jurassic Period of 150 million years ago.


Admire them, take a photograph and leave them for the next explorer to discover.

In situ ammonite at Chapmans Pool - Liz & Johnny Wesley Barker
An in situ ammonite at Chapmans Pool. © Liz & Johnny Wesley Barker via Flickr