Chapmans Pool is situated off the beaten track, away from the well-trodden tourist trail. This hidden gem, remains largely secret, so much so, many locals don’t even know it exists!
Like Lulworth, Chapmans Pool is a horseshoe shaped cove, formed as a result of constant erosion from the beating sea. Thanks to its isolated location, it receives considerably less visitors, but this only adds to its charm.
On a sunny day there’s nothing better than taking some time to sit amongst the rocks looking out to sea. Enjoy the peace and quiet during your visit and some quality family time.
Standing amongst the rocks you’ll find a couple of fisherman’s huts and a small slipway. One of the huts once housed a lifeboat, which was sadly decommissioned after the remote location was deemed impractical and expensive to operate.
The cove is flanked by striking limestone cliffs and the beach itself has a number of rocks lining its shores. This makes it an excellent choice for rock pooling, fossil hunting and snorkelling in the clear waters.
There are a number of routes you can take to access Chapmans Pool. They all require a somewhat strenuous walk, which culminates in a steep decent down into the cove. The walk may not be suitable for visitors with mobility issues, so care should be taken and appropriate footwear worn.
The easiest route is from the Renscombe car park just outside Worth Matravers. From here it’s about 20 minutes’ walk to the cove. If you fancy something a little more strenuous you can combine a visit to Chapmans Pool with a longer hike or circular walk, which incorporates more points of interest along the Jurassic Coast.
Understandably, there are no facilities on offer, so it’s best to pack a picnic and a drink to enjoy once you arrive. If you prefer, you could work up an appetite and treat yourself to a pasty and a pint at the Square and Compass, a quirky village pub with an excellent reputation on your way back to the car. The pub houses an impressive collection of fossils collected locally and the beer garden boasts spectacular views.
The beach is dog friendly but be careful to watch your dogs on the rocks – they can be slippery, especially after unfavourable weather.
Follow signs to Wareham and on to Worth Matravers
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