One of the pure unadulterated joys of Dorset is walking the South West Coast path and without a doubt the time to do that is winter. Blustering winds, raging seas and the dream of that perfect pint in a seaside pub in front of a roaring fire.
1. The Square and Compass, Worth Matravers: An easy one. Leave one car in the Worth Matraver's car park. Take the other car and park it in Studland. Then spend the day walking from Studland to Winspit/Worth Matravers. Along the way you'll haveshopping in Swanage followed by beautiful views of the Isle Of Wight, Old Harry Rocks, Durlston, Dancing Ledge and finishing at Winspit.
What awaits you at the end is a pint of cider and a pastie in the pearl of Purbeck: The Square & Compass. There's a roaring fire inside, dogs are welcome, and the garden is simply jaw dropping. There's no bar, but there's a serving hatch with a seemingly endless selection of local ciders from which to choose.
2. The Smuggler's Inn, Osmington Mills: A not so easy one! It's not that far but boy oh boy is it steep... Park one car in the Osmington Mills carpark and take the other to Lulworth Cove Carpark. The walk has ongoing stunning coastline all the way from start to finish which includes Lulworth Cove, Stair Hole and Durdle Door.
Ending the walk is The Smugglers Inn which is a hugely popular pub with a huge garden and a sprawling interior whih is fantastic in winter. It's a great pub for food too!
3. The Anchor Inn, Seatown: Where to start and where to end is the tricky thing here. On the one hand you have Charmouth and Lyme Regis and on the other you have West bay and Golden Cap. They're both fantastic walks providing fossil hunting opportunities, incredible views and a lot of hills!
Greeting you at the end is The Anchor Inn at Seatown. Seatown is a tiny village consisting of a handful of houses and a fantastic pub in a truly stunning location. Sometimes crowded in summer, in winter the really shines as a travellers reward with the wind and rain hammering the windows there is no cosier place to be!