Worth Matravers is a village in the English county of Dorset. The village is situated on the cliffs west of Swanage. It comprises of Purbeck stone cottages and larger, modern stone houses which overlook the sea. Worth Matravers is built around a pond, which is a regular feature on postcards of the Isle of Purbeck. The cliffs of Worth Matravers were the site of a Chain Home radar station during World War II.
Worth Matravers is beautifully situated on the limestone uploads of Purbeck, at the head of a valley running down between lynchet-striated slopes to the popular bathing ledges of Winspit. Folk relaxing on the wall or grassy slope in front of the pub look out over the village and the coastal setting beyond.
“Worth Matravers is a very pretty village worth a visit on it’s own.”
About a mile from the village is Winspit, an old quarry on the cliffs. Until around 1940 Winspit was used as a stone quarry, producing stone for major buildings in London. Then during World War II it was used as a site for naval and air defences. The quarry sits on the junction of the footpath from Worth Matravers with the South West Coast Path and makes a picnic spot like no other. The quarry is now a lesser-known tourist attraction.
Amanda says “This stunning old industrial site is so steeped in history it can’t help but charm you with its simple and unspoiled character.”
The Square and Compass
Today, The Square and Compass couples three tasks: it entertains long standing patrons, refreshes walkers and tourists and draws in music lovers. When the sun is shinning it’s great to sit outside and admire the amazing views across the sea, definitely a must visit when you come to Dorset.
Emily says “My absolute FAVOURITE pub in Dorset! It is so cute and has incredible ciders here! Just what an old-school country pub should be like – cosy, friendly and with a fantastic view.”