The Smugglers’ Inn walk is a leisurely walk of about 1.2 miles in each direction. There are three stiles on this walk.
Leave the courtyard along Upton Grange Drive, turning left towards Ringstead Bay at the end. Continue up the hill, passing two cottages to your left. Look out for a right turn signposted ‘Upton Glen’ as the lane turns away to the left.
The public footpath sign points to the ‘Springs Bottom’ path up over the field. If you plan to walk directly to Osmington, continue along the lane to your right which takes you around the hill. In half a mile, turn left over a stile at the footpath waymarker. Continue along the farm track for another half a mile as it follows the contour around to face the coast.
Look out for a stile to your right. This will lead through a chalet park and on to short tarmac path. Cross the stile at the end, following the path downhill, bearing slightly to the left.
Finally, turn right through the ‘kissing gate’ and along a winding path to a footbridge over the stream. In 20 yards, turn left into Osmington Cove just above The Smugglers’ Inn.
The return journey is the reversal of the above, but do remember the gradients are steeper walking out of Osmington.
Upton Grange is a Visit England ‘Welcome Walkers’ self-catering accommodation, ideally situated for walking the Jurassic Coast and Dorset Ridgeway in East Dorset.