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Located a short distance to the north-east of Weymouth lie the villages of Sutton Poyntz (SY 705 835) and Osmington (SY 725 830). This gallery follows a short circular walk, taken on a bright winters day in January. Starting at the duck-pond in Sutton Poyntz the route ascends onto the chalk escarpment overlooking this coastal valley. Along many of the ridge-lines in this area can be found traces of ancient civilizations, the most prominent being the many tumuli (believed to be burial mounds) that still remain – some 3000 or more years after they were first constructed.

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Following the South-West Coast Path eastwards the route drops off the ridge after a short distance and passes through the village of Osmington. Here there is again evidence of the long history of this part of the county; remains of an old manor house adding character to the churchyard. The route continues along the coastal path south to Osmington Mills (SY 735 817) where the Smuggler's Inn provides welcome refreshments. The final leg of the route is then westwards along the coastal cliffs to Redcliff Point (SY 712 816) where it finally turns inland once more, returning to Sutton Poyntz.


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In the top row of pictures:

  • The village pond, Sutton Poyntz (picture)
  • A tumulus on White Horse Hill (picture)
  • Farm buildings on the approach to Osmington from the north (picture)
  • Thatched terrace, Osmington (picture)
  • Ruins of manor house in the churchyard, Osmington, 17th century (picture)

In the bottom row of pictures:

  • Following the Dorset Coast Path from Osmington (in the background) to Osmington Mills (picture)
  • The Smuggler's Inn, Osmington Mills (picture)
  • Boat winch and view westwards along the Dorset coast from Osmington Mills (picture)
  • Much of the coast path is prone to slippage along this section (picture)
  • Looking back eastwards from Redcliff Point (picture)

Nearby locations that also feature in galleries on this site:


directionChaldon Herring, Lulworth



More views of Dorset in January

Other sites on the web

The coastline shown here forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

West's Geology Field Guide to the Osmington area

The Dorset Page:   Osmington, Osmington Mills, Sutton Poyntz – local information and links to further resources on the web

Maps of the area on streetmap.co.uk:   1:50,000 – detail, 1:250,000 – locality and route to get there

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The pictures of Osmington in this gallery were captured at medium resolution.
This is images of dorset stock photography gallery 073
All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

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