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Chaldon Herring

Tucked into small chalk valleys a short way to the east of Weymouth the village of Chaldon Herring (or East Chaldon) consists of – a small handful of dwellings, a church, a village hall and a public house. The pictures in this gallery follow a circular walk taken in late January, following an anti-clockwise route through the valleys and along the nearby coastal cliffs.

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Starting in Chaldon Herring (SY 790 831) the route heads westwards through West Chaldon up onto the down at Holworth, where undulations in the fields are all that remain of the original medieval village of Holworth. Turning south the route eventually reaches the chalk cliffs overlooking Ringstead Bay, then turns eastwards to follow the South West Coast path past Whitenothe Cottages – situated atop a windswept and exposed headland. A short way beyond the memorial to Llewelyn Powys (and the sculpture 'cupboards') the route turns northwards and follows a permissive path past Chideock Farm, down another small valley cut through the chalk, returning to Chaldon Herring once more.


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In the top row of pictures:

  • East Chaldon (picture)
  • The road from East to West Chaldon (picture)
  • Above West Chaldon, heading for Holworth, looking back eastwards across the chalk hills (picture)
  • Ringstead Bay from White Nothe (picture)
  • Terrace of cottages of White Nothe, a bleak and exposed setting (picture)

In the bottom row of pictures:

  • White Nothe (picture)
  • One of the stone 'cupboards' housing sculptures along the cliff top (picture)
  • Looking east along the Dorset coast to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove (picture)
  • Chideock Farm and the view northwards (picture)
  • Returning to East Chaldon (picture)

Nearby locations that also feature in galleries on this site:


directionOsmington, Weymouth

More views of Dorset in January

Other sites on the web

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

The Dorset Page:   Chaldon Herring, Holworth – 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 Chaldon Herring in this gallery were captured at medium resolution.
This is images of dorset stock photography gallery 074
All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

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