Natural England - Coastal Access In Dorset: Portland to Lulworth (Weymouth Bay)

Coastal Access In Dorset: Portland to Lulworth (Weymouth Bay)

The first stretch of the England Coast Path, from Rufus Castle on Portland to Lulworth Cove, is open to the public. Coastal Access rights came into force along this stretch of coast on 29 June 2012.

The approved route is part of the South West Coast Path National Trail – adjoining parts of the South West Coast Path are also shown on the relevant maps.

The maps in the table below show the route of the England Coast Path along this stretch of coast and the adjoining land that is coastal margin, as approved by the Secretary of State on 26 January 2012.
Coastal Access rights apply within the coastal margin (including along the coast path itself) unless the land falls into a category of excepted land: (73kb)pdf document or is subject to local restrictions, exclusions or diversions.

The maps are for general reference purposes. If you are planning a walk on the England Coast Path, please use our interactive access mapsexternal link instead, which include details of local restrictions, exclusions and diversions that apply at certain times.

NumberLength of coastMap
1Rufus Castle to Grovemap 1: (794kb)pdf document
2Grove to High Angle Batterymap 2: (978kb)pdf document
3High Angle Battery to the Merchant’s Inclinemap 3: (1.01mb)pdf document
4The Merchants Inclinemap 4: (980kb)pdf document
5The Merchant’s Incline to Hamm Beachmap 5: (849kb)pdf document
6Hamm Beachmap 6: (550kb)pdf document
7Rodwell Trailmap 7: (981kb)pdf document
8Sandsfoot Castle to Newton’s Covemap 8: (1013kb)pdf document
9Newton’s Cove to Alexandra Gardensmap 9: (757kb)pdf document
10aAlexandra Gardens to Overcombe Cornermap 10a: (687kb)pdf document
10bmap 10b: (720kb)pdf document
11Overcombe Corner to Redcliff Pointmap 11: (740kb)pdf document
12Redcliff Point to Black Headmap 12: (581kb)pdf document
13Black Head to Osmington Millsmap 13: (781kb)pdf document
14Osmington Mills to Ringsteadmap 14: (613kb)pdf document
15Ringstead to White Nothemap 15: (812kb)pdf document
16aWhite Nothe to Durdle Doormap 16a: (522kb)pdf document
16bmap 16b: (621kb)pdf document
17Durdle Door to Lulworth Covemap 17: (724kb)pdf document

Enquiries

Coastal Access frequently asked questions: (372kb)pdf document

Enquiries about the England Coast Path at Weymouth Bay should be emailed to Natural England at: weymouthcoastalaccess@naturalengland.org.uk

Or sent by post to:
Natural England
Coastal Access
1st Floor, Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Bristol, BS1 6EB
Telephone: 0300 060 2067

Older documents

On Thursday 26 January 2012 the Environment Minister approved the first stretch of the England Coast Path at Weymouth Bay between Portland and Lulworth:

View the Defra press releaseexternal link

On Tuesday 22nd March 2011 we submitted a report to the Secretary of State setting out our proposals for improved access to the coast at Weymouth Bay. It has now been approved by the Secretary of State, with certain modifications. The original report is still available to view on our website.

View our report to the Secretary of State

Before publishing the report we consulted on Draft Proposals for Weymouth Bay. The Draft Proposals are still available to view on our website. We have also published a short summary of the consultation which describes the responses we received and the main changes made to our proposals as a result.

Read our summary of the consultation alongside the Draft Proposals
.