Chapman’s Pool

Chapman's Pool is a remote but beautiful cove. The reward of this wild beach is well worth the effort.

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46.2 miles from Highlands End
48.3 miles from Golden Cap
44 miles from Graston Copse
21.3 miles from Sandyholme

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  • Chapman's Pool - places to visit in Dorset
  • Chapman's Pool - places to visit in Dorset

The area surrounding Worth Matravers provides visitors with a true taste of rural Purbeck and the wild beach of Chapman’s Pool is no exception. Because the beach is so secluded, it rarely gets busy. Even in the height of summer you will probably only find around 20 or so people dotted along the shoreline. To get to the beach head through Worth Matravers village and follow Weston Road which will lead you to Renscombe car park. There is no charge for using it however there is a vehicle height limit so only suitable for cars. You will need to take everything you need with you as there are no facilities at the beach itself.

We recommend taking your beach shoes if you have them. The beach is stoney and the rocks here are slippery to walk on near the shoreline. Make sure you also take plenty of water and food if you’re planning in staying for a while. However there are lots of fossils to be found which should keep older children amused for hours. And if you are heading in the water for a swim make sure you take your snorkelling equipment. The sea is usually very calm and boasts crystal clear waters. Save some energy for the way back though as it’s a very hot walk back up the cliff path if you’re visiting in the summer. The beach is dog friendly throughout the year but there is little shade for them on the beach.

Fantastic pub

After your day at the beach and as a reward for your walk back up to the car park, we highly recommend refreshing yourself at the fantastic pub in Worth Matravers village. The Square and Compass dates back to 1752 as an inn. Amazingly it has been in the same family for over 100 years. Uniquely, there is a fossil museum in the pub, including some dinosaur fossils, as well as other fascinating artefacts from local history. These include prehistoric tools, Roman coins, bits of 18th century shipwrecks, and agricultural curiosities like cow cake cutters and turnip crunchers. There is also a very picturesque beer garden which has stunning views down to Winspit and the sea beyond.

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Our parks have been recognised as some of the best in Dorset and the South West. We're extremely proud of the awards and it's easy to see why our guests return year on year. You can be safe in the knowledge that you're staying at one of the best parks in the county! Please note awards vary by Park - there is more information on the pages for each park.

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What our guests say

  • The Most Magical Campsite

    We have just come back from the most magical few days staying at Highlands End. In fact, it was so good we extended our stay by a few days whilst on park. We are new to campsites and this was beyond my expectations

    Mr Scott - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Happy second visit

    Perfectly clean, ample space, lovely views, close to everything, what more could be asked for?

    Dan Pipper - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Well maintained and quiet

    Lovely clean and tidy site. well maintained and quiet in walking distance to Hive Beach and West Bay only a couple of miles away over the coastal walk.

    Linda S - Google Reviews
    Graston Copse

  • Friendliest park on the Dorset coast

    Possibly the friendliest park on the Dorset coast. Staff are exceptional, very helpful and keep the place spotless. The views are fantastic. Showers and toilets are very modern and extremely clean.

    Mr Leck - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic

    This is a lovely quiet, friendly, well maintained site with very friendly, helpful staff who are knowledgeable about the local area and more than happy to pass on useful information to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

    Nigel White - Tripadvisor

  • Wonderful three night stay

    Our pitch was spacious and quiet. The facilities were clean and a generous number of showers etc whatever time we needed them. A very picturesque site and plenty to do straight from the van without the need to drive

    Rachel L - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • Beautiful weekend away

    This park is in a wonderful location. The local village is beautiful and only a 15 min walk along the river. The beach is then another 15 minutes along - again a beautiful walk. We were blessed with amazing weather so we spent the afternoon on Hive Beach.

    Clairey16 - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Ideal base for exploring

    Ideal base for exploring Dorset , everywhere we wanted to visit was within easy reach . Site itself was very good, nice and quite and clean and staff very friendly.

    James S - Tripadvisor