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
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.
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.
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.