Naturist / Nudist Beaches in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland

Ringstead Bay



Secluded, pictureque, NT owned south facing beach in Purbeck, east of Weymouth. Level access from village, or NT car park on cliffs above.

Ringstead Bay is a secluded NT owned beach on the coast of Dorset and takes its name from the village at the western end of the bay.

Getting There

Satnav: DT2 8NG (Ringstead, pay car park) or DT2 8NQ (NT car park on cliffs above), OS Map Ref: SY7638813

The naturist area at the eastern end of Ringstead Bay can be reached by two routes.

For both of these take the A353 towards Weymouth from the roundabout one and a half miles west of Owermoigne on the A352 Wareham to Dorchester road. After approximately two miles watch for a sign on the left for Ringstead. The turn is extremely sharp left. Follow this narrow lane approximately a mile through the edge of Upton, up a hill to where a rather small wood sign points right to Ringstead or left to a National Trust Car Park At this point a decision has to be made. Do you wish to turn right and pay to drive down to the village or drive straight on to the National Trust car park? The village route will cost you approximately £5.00 for the privilege, but the NT car park invloves a walk down, and a steep walk back up.

There is ample parking in the village and a kiosk selling a surprisingly large range of goods at not too high a price. The Naturist area is a good twenty minute walk east from the entrance to the beach along a stoney beach. Part of this walk can be negotiated along the lower cliff edge avoiding some of the increasingly smaller pebbles. Free route From the National Trust car park there is a sparsely signed path leading down to the more easterly end of the beach. This results in a much shorter walk on the pebbles. This route does however require a fairly long uphill trek at the end of the day.


The beach is pebbles and pretty quiet with nice views across towards Weymouth. With cliffs behind and chalk pebbles below the sun can be quite hot.. There is of course the too often obligatory hike (trainers, at least, recommended) There is LITTLE or NO possibility of being "overlooked" as with Durdle Dor there are several hundred feet of cliff and steep hill behind. Few textiles venture this far, those that do pay no attention to the naturists. Facilities None at the beach but food and beverages can be obtained at the village. Toilets are available in the village.



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