Worth Matravers:the perfect English village, just watch out for those hungry ducks

worth tea shop

Worth Matravers is the idyllic English village complete with a pond and even a red phone box-not many of them around today.

Access is from Corfe Castle via the B3069 signposted as you leave Corfe on the right.

There is a bus service to Worth from Swanage the No 44, though there are only two services a day,and none on Sunday.Go here for the timetable.

The pond at the centre of the village is the reason the village became established as it was used to water local livestock.The green was used to grow willow trees from which were made lobster pots.DON'T feed the ducks,they will hassle you but just ignore them,the food only fouls the water.

In 1786 an East India Company ship the Halsewell hit the rocks at nearby Winspit.One of the crew managed to scale the cliffs and rouse the village to help in the rescue operation.In all 82 people were saved.Some artifacts from the wreck have been retrieved and can be seen in the local museum.

This can be found in the same building which houses the local pub the Square & Compass.

The pub is just down the hill from the car park which is the best place to park as the streets are narrow and have parking restrictions.The cost to park is only £1 all day,payment being made into an honesty box at the entrance.

There is a local tea shop opposite the pond the Worth Tea Shop which serves local fish such as mackerel for £4.95 with a salad.There is a garden at the back where you can eat on a fine day.

The village has an air of affluence about it and I suspect has more than a few second home owners.

worth matravers

This four bed house is on the market right now at £600K through Corben and Sons of Swanage.Great views.

From Worth Matravers there are some great walks including one down to Saint Aldhelm's Head from which you can see the Isle of Wight to the east and to Clavell Tower to the west.

If you don't want to walk all the way get back in your car and drive through the village past Weston Farm,until you come to a free car park.THEN you have to walk.

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