Whilst St Aldhelmʼs Head (sometimes referred to as St Albanʼs Head) has a lot going for it, Iʼve never ben able to work out a decent walk up here.
The track from the car park at Renscombe Farm to the Chapel and headland is a bit of a yomp to say the least; the quarry being the only point of any interest.
Turn left at the end and there is a fairly long circular walk back to the car park. This is along a relatively low and uninteresting bit of cliff to Winspit Quarry,
and then back through the edge of Worth Matravers.
Turn right, and the cliffs are far more spectacular, but to get back to the car park you are faced with a steep climb down nearly to sea level
followed by an equally steep climb back up on to Emmetts Hill. Doable, but not exactly a stroll.
Royal Marines Table and Benches
I have to admit that I find the Royal Marines Table and Benches on Emmetts Hill near St Aldhelmʼs Head confusing.
Whilst it is a lovely spot to sit and have a picnic, it seems somehow disrespectful to use the table and benches for that purpose.
I am also not sure that being reminded of the horrors of war would do anything to enhance the enjoyment of the picnic.
The St Aldhelmʼs Head Radar Memorial Dorset represents two radar dishes arranged in such a way that they form a large fire basket.
The fire basket represents the beacons that were lit to warn of the Spanish armada. These days radar is the modern equivalent.
It is made from stainless steel and set on a Purbeck stone plinth, and was unveiled by Sir Bernard Lovell on Saturday 27th October 2001.