Ringstead is a small, but perfectly formed Hamlet surrounded by beautiful National Trust Land and just steps away from the sea. The loveliest thing about Ringstead Village is that it has its very own bay which, as of yet, many tourists haven’t found! Ringstead Bay is a glorious shingle beach, perfect for dog walking, since dogs are allowed all year round, BBQs on the beach, and swimming during the summer months. There are also some great reefs that are uncovered at low tide, which make it the perfect spot for crabbing.
Overlooked by the impressive white chalk cliffs of White Noth, Ringstead Bay affords stunning views. A walk along the cliffs will reward you with fantastic views of Portland and along to the seaside town of Weymouth. Sailing is popular here and hunting for fossils is a particularly great activity for children. The grassy area above the beach also enables them to run around and play, before enjoying an ice cream at the café, which is open during the summer.
The South West Coastal Path runs through Ringstead, across the bay. A stay in one of our lovely Ringstead holiday cottages would not be complete without a walk along the famous coast path, which leads straight to the Smugglers Inn. This charming pub is nestled by the sea in the next bay, Osmington Mills. The pub was once the home of the leader of the most notorious gang of smugglers in the 18th and 19th centuries and is the perfect place to sit with a glass of wine or fine Dorset ale and soak up the views and colourful history of the area.
Staying in a cottage in Ringstead, would place you in the perfect location to enjoy Corfe Castle, Hardy’s Cottage; the birthplace of Thomas Hardy, Max Gate (where he lived in later years), Lulworth Cove and the fantastic Tank Museum in Bovington.