Winspit Quarry located near Worth Matravers in the Isle of Purbeck is an old, unused stone quarry originally used for producing stone for major buildings in London.
The quarry was used until 1940. After that, it turned into a naval air base during World War 2. Once the war was over, the area was open to the public.
Several of the caves at Winspit have been closed due to the habitation of colonies of rare Greater Horseshoe Bats. This is to avoid disturbing them. However, on our visit we found one bat cave which is open to explore.
The bat cave we visited is set back from the path leading from Worth Matravers to Winspit and is located just before the cliff top. Make your way through the overgrown but accessible gap through the bush (pictured below) and you will come across a hidden gem of something straight out of a rain forest.
Annoyingly, I forgot to pack my torch in the morning so we couldn’t find out how far these caves go in. Next time!
Winspit is such a beautiful place to visit. Being located on the cliff edge, you are guaranteed incredible views across the coastline.
However, there is a disclaimer when visiting the old quarry and the surrounding area. You enter at your own risk, and it also warns you about falling stones.
WHAT TO TAKE / WHAT TO WEAR
Water/Food. It’s a bit of a walk on the way down and there are no shops when you get there, you could spend all day exploring the area so make sure you pack something to eat and drink.
Torch. Some of the caves are very dark, I regretted not taking my torch on the first visit.
Suitable footwear. The rocks are slippery and you may need to do some climbing. Be careful!
Winspit is my new favourite spot in Dorset. When we arrived in the early afternoon, the sun was near to setting and the light was beautiful. There was no wind, and it was warm (especially from the walk down in my thick winter coat). It is a lesser-known destination, which makes it perfect for exploring and not having tourists surrounding you.
We even finished the day off by catching the last of the sunset at the wooden Stonehenge, built by The Square and Compass.
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Til next time Winspit <3