Hiking the Jurassic Coast: Worth Matravers to Swanage

hiking-the-jurassic-coast-worth-matravers-to-swanage-the-world-in-my-pocket-8_web

Taking advantage of the beautiful weather from last Sunday and after being away from home for the past 2 weeks, I decided that it would be a good idea to do some exercise and go hiking on the coast. I am lucky to live in a beautiful area of the UK which is the gateway to the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site on the English Channel coastline, stretching from East Devon to Dorset. Actually, one of my summer plans was to hike the entire coast in a weekend but unfortunately it didn’t materialize. But there’s always next year.

I woke up early and decided to take the 6:30 am bus towards Swanage. Even if there are only about 20 miles from Poole to Kingston, the village near where this hike starts, the bus still takes about an hour to get there. The best way to reach the coast is by taking the number 40 Breezer bus from Poole bus station (in summer it has an open top). The day ticket costs Β£8.50 and it’s much more economic than getting singles ones (Β£5.90 each) because it gives you unlimited trips all day long and you can also use it for buses to Bournemouth.

Hiking the Jurassic Coast - Worth Matravers to Swanage - The World in My Pocket 12

Before I left home I made sure to make myself a cup of Kineta organic matcha green tea to help me keep fit on the trail. Kineta matcha tea is sourced from a small family owned tea farm in the Kyoto region from Japan and it is 100% organic and natural. Making matcha tea the proper way requires a special bamboo whisk and tea spoon and a ceremonial bowl (mine broke on the way from Japan so I usually use a large mug to make it). The first time I watched a video on Youtube on how to make matcha tea I thought it was difficult but once I did it myself I found that it’s actually a lot of fun.

Hiking the Jurassic Coast - Worth Matravers to Swanage - The World in My Pocket - Kineta Matcha Tea

Matcha tea is a great metabolism booster, having 137 times more antioxidants than normal green tea and it releases the caffeine slowly into your body, keeping you awake and focused for longer. It is a great alternative for coffee.

I transferred my matcha tea into my travel mug so that I can drink it on the bus, packed a small pineapple cake for the road (In Japan, during the matcha tea ceremony, people have a small seasonal cake with it), prepared Mia and went towards the station to catch the bus.

Hiking the Jurassic Coast - Worth Matravers to Swanage - The World in My Pocket - Kineta Matcha Green Tea

It was still dark but by the time I arrived to the destination the sun has started to rise. The stop where you have to get off in order to get to the hike it’s a bit hard to spot as it it literally in the middle of a field. The best thing to do is to ask the driver to let you know when “Worth Lane” is and that’s where you have to get off. From there you have to follow to road towards Worth Matravers for about 1.5 miles until you reach the small village. If you do this hike in the afternoon or the other way around, I would recommend stopping at the Square and Compass, the local pub, and try one of their delicious homemade ciders (Kiss me Kate is my recommendation).

Hiking the Jurassic Coast - Worth Matravers to Swanage - The World in My Pocket 7

You can see the trail start on the lane right in front of the pub. Even if it looks like a massive field without any signs, that’s the way. A few meters down the lane, on the left, there is a gate that allows you to enter the field. Follow the trail at the bottom of the valley and soon you will reach the coast and the Winspit Quarry. Because is no longer in use, at Winspit Quarry you can actually go and spend the night in one of the caves. It is said to be warm inside and sheltered from the wind and all you need is a sleeping bag for the night. I bet it’s an amazing feeling waking up in the morning to the sound of the sea.

Hiking the Jurassic Coast - Worth Matravers to Swanage - The World in My Pocket 3

Hiking the Jurassic Coast - Worth Matravers to Swanage - The World in My Pocket 13

As it rained the night before, the path was muddy in some places and very slippery, especially when going down. It’s very important when doing a coastal hike to wear a good pair of boots as you never know what the terrain will be like. This particular hike is not difficult but there are a few steep hills where you can slip very easily if you are wearing the wrong type of shoes. Mia however was in her element and loved exploring the occasional bushes and chase the small birds.

Hiking the Jurassic Coast - Worth Matravers to Swanage - The World in My Pocket 9

Hiking the Jurassic Coast - Worth Matravers to Swanage - The World in My Pocket 1

Halfway through the hike you will find the Lancing Ledge, a flat area at the base of the cliffs, named like this because of the waves of the sea “dancing” on it. When I do this hike I always stop here to have a break for food and to just enjoy the quietness. Inside the ledge there is also a small natural pool in which you can swim, if you feel adventurous. The water is extremely cold but that doesn’t stop people from getting in it, even if just for photos. Descending to the Dancing Ledge is not difficult but it requires attention as in the past years the cliffs have started to collide. The National Trust doesn’t advise hikers to go down because of this reason.

Hiking the Jurassic Coast - Worth Matravers to Swanage - The World in My Pocket 4

Hiking the Jurassic Coast - Worth Matravers to Swanage - The World in My Pocket 5

From the Dancing Ledge to the Lighthouse from Durlston Country Park the weather changed and I could see a storm forming at the horizon. The sun was covered by clouds quite quickly, giving me some great opportunities for photos. The wind also intensified, even if above me the sky was still clear.

Sometimes, if you are lucky, you can see dolphins playing along the coast. If you are really lucky, in certain months, you can even spot whales. In Durlston there are special places where you can just sit and observe the sea.

Hiking the Jurassic Coast - Worth Matravers to Swanage - The World in My Pocket 216

Hiking the Jurassic Coast - Worth Matravers to Swanage - The World in My Pocket 11

Hiking the Jurassic Coast - Worth Matravers to Swanage - The World in My Pocket 6

Once I reached Durlston Country Park I stopped at the castle which has now been transformed into a restaurant for a well deserved break and a piece of cake. From here there are 2 more miles of easy walking through the forest and then down the hill towards the bus station in Swanage where you can catch a bus back to Poole or to Bournemouth.

Hiking the Jurassic Coast - Worth Matravers to Swanage - The World in My Pocket 10

The hike from Worth Matravers to Swanage is about 8 miles long, 5 of them being solely on the coast. The views are fantastic and it’s a great way of spending a day our in nature.

Disclaimer: Please note that I received Kineta Finest Organic Matcha Tea for free to review it. However, all comments and opinions in this article are my own.

Traveler. Dreamer. Cat lover. Wondering around the world with my backpack and my camera. Contributing to make the world a better place.

88 Comments

  1. I liked how you prepared for the trip – matcha and pineapple cake! What a way to start your day πŸ˜€
    I’ve enjoyed reading about your trip. I personally love the Dancing Ledge . Thanks for sharing!

  2. Your pictures are so amazing. Looks like a shoot for a movie down the country side. I also love matcha!! Though I can’t perfect creating my matcha tea yet. Is it allowed to swim there? Hopefully, one day I can visit that place too. great trip!

  3. Matcha is really all over the world now. From chocolates to ice creams. But I haven’t tried a real matcha tea. Would love to try some one day. Oh well, a tea + wonderful views you got there have got to be a perfect day! Beautiful!

  4. As always, your photos never fail to impress me. The views of nature is just so amazing. Looking at these photos it’s somehow therapeutic. Makes me feel so calm and relieved from the stressful week i just had.. this countryside is very lovely even without the words the photos speaks for itself..

  5. Lovely time for a hike so it seemed! Lovely, lovely photos! You’ve got the skills! I didn’t know Matcha had that effect on the body – I should slowly start getting into it and put my love for green and black tea aside for a while. πŸ™‚ So that’s how to properly make Matcha tea, huh? Hmm. πŸ™‚

  6. if one word for this very post , its gotta be AWESOME. from word to word, picture to picture, you have a way of having your readers sit tight to grab every single detail in word. thanks for the share as this is just too lovely.

  7. Such an incredibly beautiful place for hiking! Nature never ceases to amaze me and your post full of amazing views are really proves that. I didn’t know that Matcha tea can be a great coffee alternative, I need to try this!

  8. What a beautiful place for hiking! Nature at its best even in simplicity and your clicks are just stunning! Have never tried Matcha tea and can’t really fathom how it can substitute coffee but would surely try it now πŸ™‚

  9. I love this hike. I love how you wrote about it. I want to do it now as well! Sorenson a night in one of the caves sounds interesting. If you ever try it out, I would love to read about it! It sounds awesome to see dolphins playing around. Spotting whales as well, would be great! Sounds like a great trail, with some incredible views.

  10. WOW! what amazing photos you took. Beautiful landscape. Looks like they are straight out of a National geographics Magazine. Am a loyal coffee drinker, but the tea sounds intriguing.

  11. This post sounds so British, enduring some hardship to get up early and catch an out-of-the-way bus, all to hike a set route along a seemingly lightly-populated and perhaps lightly-visited coast. That’s why so many of us outsiders are charmed.

  12. I can think of nothing else better than waking up to the sound of the sea. This place looks so surreal and your pictures capture the magic! Going to make my own cup of matcha tea now, thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  13. I loved reading through. But I have to say that your photos are super nice!!! It’s distracting me in a good way! I’m more of a visual person. So, I loved how I could experience your experience both by reading it and actually seeing it. I don’t think I’d go hiking though. I need to gear up for that first hahaha

  14. I’m an avid hiker myself and wow, those views are jaw-dropping. The cliffs, with the serene sea, and the bright sky, just wow. The combination is so legit, I’m sure you didn’t get tired with the hiking right as the view energizes you every time haha

  15. Oh, I love matcha! At Kumano Kodo in Japan, you can hike all you want (with pilgrimage routes for you to follow). We are like with you by just reading this, thanks for the moment hehe

    – Ann

  16. All your photos are just beautiful! Talk about you being at the perfect place at the perfect time. I would have loved to see the whales & dolphins. What camera did you use for your photos?

    1. The name indeed has to do with the dinosaurs era. They found fossils here and that’s why it is called the Jurassic Coast πŸ™‚

  17. Wow! Your photos are really beautiful. You captured the awesome sights of nature. Really great! And aside from the photos, I become interested in your Matcha Tea. Thanks for the information that it is healthier and boosts the body’s metabolism.

  18. The place looks really lovely. It has this peaceful vibe, but at the same time, your nearing the place for nature. I hope I can go there with my family or partner sometimes. Are there any travellers’ in that is affordable? And how to go there?

    1. It’s very easy to reach the coast and in spring and autumn the hotels are very cheap, if you base yourself in Poole or Bournemouth, which are about 2 hours from London.

  19. I hadn’t heard of the Jurassic Coast before, but it looks like a lovely place for a hike!
    I wonder if you managed to hide the people in your photos, or the place was actually so empty, it looks like the perfect place to relax and just forget about everything while you enjoy the views πŸ™‚

    1. I was actually all alone on the trail, there weren’t other people around. I met maybe 3 other people on the entire trail. πŸ™‚

  20. Wow this hike sounds heavenly! I would love to do that someday! And starting the day with matcha is definitely the way forward! I haven’t heard of that brand – will give them a try!
    Have a lovely week x

  21. Hiking the Jurassic Coast would have been an exhilarating experience with such a splendid view! And your pictures are just breathtaking! It made me want to go on a trek to Jurassic Coast and just soak myself in that view!

  22. What a gorgeous area of the UK. Dorset I wasn’t able to explore too much when I was there, and seeing your pics, makes me sad I missed it! I would love to try that matcha tea! It looks really fresh and would definitely help me and my energy. Love everything about this and the dog is absolutely precious.

  23. I drink matcha tea all the time but never thought about having it in preparation for a hike…makes sense though with the slow release caffeine. And I can see why they call it Jurassic Coast because with the cliffs and rolling hills I can imagine a place of that nature at one point filled with animals.

  24. I would hike everyday if I lived in an area this breathtaking! It’s nice that your daily ritual includes a cup of matcha. Green Tea has a lot of benefits and it’s one of my favorites!

  25. I love that you’ve taken the matcha tea with you – probably was great fuel for that long hike! The coast and walk looks stunning — this is exactly the type of travel that I’m into. And what a treat that most of it is along the coast!

  26. what stunning images! I can almost feel the power of the sea in front of the camera, very beautiful! Looks like your little dog had a great time as well.
    I love Matcha tea! Glad you had a chance to try it. Blessings!

  27. Kineta Matcha Tea!!! Reading about it for the first time. I am curious to know its taste.
    Incredible captures from the trail.
    Lancing ledge and sea waves dancing… you make it sound so interesting. πŸ™‚

  28. Wow, what a relaxing place, I’m a nature lover and I would definitely enjoy these places, the pictures that you’re took is really inviting. I’d love to watch dolphins and whales, especially when dolphins jump with groups, you’re super blessed to visit these places

  29. It’s like checking out photostock while reading your blog post. I love the coastal shots and the lans scapes look beautiful! I guess the hike was perfect with that view alone! Jurassic Coast is a like paradise on Earth based on your photos. πŸ™‚

  30. Wow! What stunning views! My husband and I really enjoy hiking. We hike around here in Norway often during the summer. I would love to be able to travel and hike other places as well. I haven’t tried Matcha tea yet but it is definitely on my list.

  31. The hike looks amazing…gorgeous…beautiful….I can go on. Loved the entire set of pictures. And Macha tea. I have never heard of that one before. Not that I would be fond of it…I still would like to try it.

  32. What a great way to spend a day. The lush green meadows and the cliffs overlooking the blue seas is captivating and rejuvenating. We are yet to explore the Jurassic Coast but for sure this something not to be missed if we are to visit UK again πŸ™‚

  33. The photos are stunning!!! By the way why was it called Jurassic coast? Anyway I haven’t tried anything matcha before aside from the Kitkat haha. Is ig any good?

    1. I wouldn’t recommend swimming hear. There are no beaches, the only place where you can get down from the cliffs is the dancing ledge, and there the currents are pretty strong. πŸ™‚

  34. Wow, all of those countryside shots are so beautiful! I am normally a big coffee drinker in the morning, but tea in a travel mug does sound enticing as well.

    Nina

  35. Looks like a place where the soul can rest, very peaceful and calm. I really enjoy to visit such places from time to time, also for recharging the batteries. Thank you for sharing your experiences!

    Happy travelling,
    Hendrik & Birdie

  36. What a wonderful trail! The scenery is magnificent and it felt like you had such a pleasant and peaceful walk. Loved the picture with the rain clouds on the back. Surely a lovely place to enjoy that matcha tea. πŸ˜‰

  37. Such an incredible spot to hike! We love hiking as a family, and there is nothing better than a view to go with it. I myself prefer coffee and bailey’s before a hike! Beautiful photos, hope we can visit this stunning area someday!

  38. first at all interesting post about your lovely trekking/experience in the coast, then I would like to taste Matcha tea one day; I tried every kind of Tea in South East Asia and some countries of South America, but I have never tried this one!
    πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ Thanks for sharing it

  39. I’d pay to have such a hike right now, macha or not macha! (but macha is good, I agree)
    But I’d like the same weather you encountered turing the day, and that could be the major problem since being in UK we know how annoying is the weather there!

  40. I’ve been meaning to go to the Jurassic coast for a while now, maybe next summer I finally will! It would be so amazing to spot dolphins – I didn’t even know that was possible!

  41. What a beautiful hike! Even without your amazing pictures you paint a well descriptive picture. We are more “sunset” people, but hiking somewhere to watch the sunset is on our list! You truly have wonderful photos to capture your hike! How long did this hike take you and what time did you start to catch the sunrise?

  42. I loved your photographs, they are very professional. Hiking is one of my passions and that is why I read this blog so attentively. Just the name Jurrasic sounds so exciting. Not many talk about the hiking trails of UK. I know a friend who hikes in UK regularly.

  43. Loved the photos and loved the tips! It looks like a perfect way to spend a day. I’m inspired to get some hiking in this weekend. I’m not the biggest fan of Matcha tea, but the benefits you mentioned made me think that maybe I should give it a try again.

  44. Haha girl, your summer plans sound like my summer plans! I came home for the summer with all these big, ambitious plans to go camping and thru-hiking in the Sawtooths (Google Sawtooth Wilderness in Idaho- my home state is so beautiful it’s almost unreal!) but I never made it up there. I kept saying”next weekend’ and then suddenly the summer was over!
    Your pictures are amazing! I love that you take them with just your phone, and you really captured the natural essence and beauty of the landscape. Gave you a little follow on Instagram, btw. πŸ™‚
    Great post! Really informative and helpful, pinning for future reference 4 sure!

  45. How beautiful! Is it safe to take the kids along? As in – how easy or difficult is the home for little kids? Also, the matcha tea looks very interesting. Can you describe the flavour? Is it similar or different from green tea?

  46. Matcha tea is a great way to start the day, especially if you’re in Japan! It’s good to see that matcha has made it’s way to the English Channel. Why is the region called the Jurassic Coast?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *