Langton Matravers is a village and civil parish situated approximately 2 miles west of Swanage town centre and 5 miles south-east of Corfe Castle, sitting on the Purbeck Hills.
Langton Matravers has its own village shop and post office in the centre of the village as well as two very traditional village pubs. There is also a museum which focuses on Langton’s history of quarrying, which was very important for the village. In the heart of the village is a beautiful stone-built church, where traditional villages fetes and events are hosted throughout the year.
Langton Matravers is within easy reach of many stunning coastal walks with breath-taking scenery. Visitors can easily access the South West Coastal Path or walk across the hills towards Kingston and Corfe Castle. One of the most popular walks from Langton Matravers is on the Spyway towards Dancing Ledge. It’s an old cliff quarry and offers stunning views of the coast, many visitors walk here to enjoy the sunset. If your looking for an adventure there are a few local companies that offer rock climbing or coasteering experience on Dancing Ledge.
The name Langton stems from “long town”. Matravers stems from the name of Lord John Mautravers who once resided there, and ultimately originates from the French “mal traverse”.
Dancing Ledge is part of the Jurassic Coast, it is a lovely walk from Langton Matravers to Dancing Ledge. The ledge is made up of a flat area of rock at the base of a small cliff. Dancing Ledge gets its name due to the fact at certain stages of the tide, when the waves wash over the horizontal surface, the surface undulations cause the water to bob about making the ledge appear to dance.
Putlake Adventure Farm is a real working farm, offering young guests a chance to meet and feed the animals, enjoy a tractor ride, ride on the pedal Go-Karts, view the birds and jump on the trampolines. There is also a giant indoor soft play area! Putlake farm also have a tearoom and a lovely picnic area.
Burngate Stone Carving Centre provides traditional stone carving courses for everyone from age 6 upwards and all abilities. The Centre also offers a wide range of art and rural craft courses and children's and family activities throughout the year, whatever the weather.
Over 100 fossilised tracks are preserved in a flat layer of rock at Keates Quarry. The fossils were discovered in 1997. From Spyway, follow the footpath south towards the sea and turn right onto the Priest’s Way, heading west. Continue on the Priest’s Way for about three quarters of a mile – the dinosaur footprints are signposted on the right, just past the turning for Acton.
Green Leas is an inviting 3-bedroom cottage that sleeps 5 + a baby. The cottage is a walker’s retreat located in the quaint village of Langton Matravers. Green Leas has parking for 1 car, plus extra road parking and features from a large beautiful garden.