Worth Matravers is a picturesque village situated on the cliffs 4 miles west of Swanage and 4 miles south of Corfe Castle. It comprises limestone cottages and farm houses set around the village green complete with duckpond. The village is also well known for the Square and Compass pub which has operated since 1793. The pub accommodates a small museum exhibiting fossils and other local artefacts.
Worth Matravers is popular with tourists and walkers in the summer months. The village lies just a few miles from the South West Coast Path and the UNESCO Jurassic Coast. It is the start of several excellent circular walks including trails to the cliff top quarries at Winspit and Seacombe. A walk out to St Aldhelm’s Head and Chapman’s Pool also offer superb coastal views. In the car park you’ll find some tourist information and useful maps showing the most popular walks. I’ve included photos of this information below that I’m sure you’ll find useful.
For a comprehensive guide to the best walks starting at Worth Matravers we recommend visiting the website https://www.dorsetwalks.co.uk/
In the churchyard is the grave of Benjamin Justy (d. 1816), a farmer from Yetminster (near Sherborne) who may well have been the first person to use cowpox to inoculate against smallpox. Justy vaccinated his wife and family with cowpox vaccine in 1774, well before Dr Edward Jenner popularised vaccination. Justy’s work went unpublished at the time because he did not try to spread the idea, nor did he try to do more than vaccinate his own immediate family.
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