Ringstead Bay

Ringstead Bay

Ringstead Bay is a small shingle beach with some sand whose inaccessibility protects it from the worst of the summer crowds. Situated five miles east of Weymouth, this sheltered bay is overlooked by unspoilt farmland and cliffs and reached by means of a private road.

The bay has an interesting geology, from the famous coral beds at one end to the white chalk cliffs of White Nothe at the other, from the top of which are spectacular views of the Isle of Portland. The beach is also a popular haunt for fossil collectors, who can often be found rummaging in the rubble at the base of the cliffs for crushed ammonites and other fossils.

Type of Beach


Dog Friendly?

Dogs are permitted throughout the year.


None - but there are public toilets and a cafe in Ringstead village


There is a National Trust car park which is free - the car park is above Southdown Farm and is a quite a walk up hill from the beach. Also parking in the village but this is quite expensive.


From the A353 through Upton village. The beach is reached either from the National Trust car park above Southdown Farm. the private car park in Ringstead or by the SW Coast Path.

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Ringstead Bay tide times

  • Thu 13th December

    Low 02:15am (1.73m)
    High 07:59am (4.90m)
    Low 02:41pm (1.77m)
    High 08:19pm (4.55m)
  • Fri 14th December

    Low 02:55am (1.93m)
    High 08:43am (4.69m)
    Low 03:25pm (1.95m)
    High 09:08pm (4.37m)
  • Sat 15th December

    Low 03:43am (2.12m)
    High 09:37am (4.52m)
    Low 04:20pm (2.08m)
    High 10:10pm (4.25m)
  • Sun 16th December

    Low 04:45am (2.23m)
    High 10:43am (4.42m)
    Low 05:27pm (2.11m)
    High 11:22pm (4.25m)

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