St Alban's Head

St Alban’s Head


Route: St Alban’s Head

Area: Dorset

Date of walk: 16th July 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.5 miles

Ascent: 900 feet

Weather: Mostly overcast and misty

We parked in the picture postcard village of Worth Matravers near the coastline of the Isle of Purbeck, but the weather was unpromising – low cloud and mist were obscuring the surrounding countryside. Based on this flimsy excuse, and in the hope that the weather would improve, we decided to have cream tea at the Tea & Supper Room – “Come and taste total gorgeousness in Rural Dorset” is the invitation, so we did

Many calories later we set off on our walk, but sadly it was still misty and as we walked towards the coast the views were poor. We arrived at Seacombe and joined the South West Coast Path, which we followed to St Alban’s Head, also known as St Aldhelm’s Head (both names are shown on the OS map)

When we arrived at the headland we went into the Lookout Station which overlooks the notorious St Alban’s Race, and watched with interest as the volunteer watchkeepers went about their duties. Visitors are welcome to the station, managed by National Coastwatch, a voluntary organisation which is dependent on donations – so if you follow in our footsteps please do as we did and make a contribution

After our visit we carried on round the headland following the coastal path, before turning inland just beyond Chapman’s Pool and from there walking back to Worth Matravers over agricultural land. The weather had improved by now but overall had been very disappointing and it was a shame we’d seen so little of the wonderful surrounding landscape

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