Geology has created a place of contrasts at Ringstead. The windswept heights and panoramic views are thanks to soaring Chalk downs flanked by the towering headland of White Nothe.

Sheltered in the lee of the Chalk is the village of Ringstead and its quiet beach, underlain by soft Kimmeridge Clay worn low by time and tide.

How to Get There

Ringstead is located to the east of Weymouth, about half-way to Durdle Door. The beach at Ringstead Bay is located a short walk from the hamlet of Ringstead itself.

The Bay is accessible from the South West Coast Path via Bowleaze Cove and Osmington Mills when walking east from Weymouth.

Travelling by car, there is a small slip-road to Ringstead on the A353, which is accessed via Weymouth, Dorchester or further east into Purbeck.


Coast path near Ringstead Bay - Jim Champion
Ringstead Bay as seen from the South West Coast Path heading east. © Jim Champion via Flickr

Car Parking and Facilities

Parking is available at Ringstead with a vehicle height limit.

There are toilets in the car park behind the kiosk.

There is an accessible toilet by the car park and shop. From the car park there is a compacted path to the beach, but no matting on the beach itself.

Ringstead Bay - Graeme Churchard
Ringstead Bay. © Graeme Churchard via Flickr

Beach Information and Dogs

Ringstead Bay is a protected shingle beach with sand at low tide. There are rockpools to explore here too.

Often used for bathing depending on weather conditions.

Dogs are welcome at Ringstead Bay all year round.

Ringstead Bay #2 - Jim Champion
The beach at Ringstead Bay. © Jim Champion via Flickr

Where to Stay

We recommend booking accommodation nearby with one of our brilliant Business Partners such as Dorset Holiday Cottages.

Visit our Accommodation page and search for Weymouth & Portland for more local options.

Ringstead Bay from above - Andrew
Ringstead Bay as seen from White Nothe. © Andrew via Flickr