South Down NT Car Park - Scratchy Bottom

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A real gem of a walk in the most wonderful surrounds imaginable, starting from the South Down National Trust car park high above Ringstead Bay to visit Scratchy Bottom. Taking a fine old bridleway through downland, much of it farmed, some on which animals graze freely and some designated as nature reserve and Sites of Scientific Interest. Scratchy Bottom is a grassy strip in a deep valley with hills rising all around, where there is a network of paths, some permitted in addition to the official ones. Truly spectacular views are encountered from the coast path on the return journey, with great sweeps of glorious landscape and a dramatic coastline including the astonishing Durdle Door. The steep rises and falls are strenuous for the walker, but the sheer beauty is exhilarating and unbeatable.

England - South West England - Dorset - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, National Trust, Sea, Wildlife, Woodland
4/1/2011 - Trevor samuels

We did this walk on 27/03/11, weather was great, the views were great, its a very easy route to follow and the hills are perfect for getting the heart and legs working. Would not advise walking this in very hot weather.

12/31/2005 - Robin Philpott

I did this walk on 23 December 2005. Extremely enjoyable, wonderful views especially on the return route along the cliff path, and generally good conditions under foot all the way. Plenty of birdlife too despite the time of year. The cliff climbs are steep enough to get the pulse racing but on a cold clear day there is nothing better. Definitely recommended.

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