Langton Matravers lies just two miles outside Swanage and has several excellent walking trails, as well as a village shop, pub and a small children’s petting farm.

There is a lively and active community in Langton, with various clubs for both children and adults both within the village and in nearby villages, including Harman’s Cross, Worth Matravers, Corfe Castle, and of course in Swanage town.

Langton Matravers village sign Barrels in front of King's Arms pub in Langton Matravers Exterior of church in Langton Matravers Walking path in Langton Matravers with view to Purbeck Hills

Langton Matravers is Swanage’s closet village and is connected via a regular hourly bus service, which runs between Swanage and Poole.

The village school – St George’s CE Primary – has close links with the church, both of which are a short walk along the main street from the village shop and village hall.

Things to do in and around Langton Matravers

  • Dancing Ledge – Park at Spyway car park, off Durnford Drove, for a stunning stroll over to Dancing Ledge
  • Spyway walk – The walk to Dancing Ledge itself is a lovely route through grassy hills and past hay meadows with wide-reaching sea views and an intriguing history barn
  • Keates Quarry Dinosaur Footprints – Brachiosaur footprints have been excavated and preserved at this unusual spot
  • Priest’s Way – This medieval pathway encompassing Langton Matravers runs between Swanage and Worth Matravers and is the path once taken by a priest who walked back and forth ministering for his spread-out parishioners
  • Burngate Stone Carving Centre – Just outside the village, you can try your hand at stone carving. Burngate offers workshops and courses for the complete beginner to the more advanced – the perfect traditional craft to try during your stay
  • Putlake Adventure Farm – An indoor soft play area and the chance to get up close and personal to farmyard animals.

Outdoor education and field studies at Leeson House

Langton Matravers is home to one of Purbeck’s most popular educational field studies centres.

The site is a Grade II-listed mansion, complete with modern labs, a computer suite and classrooms to aid learning, running day activities as well as residential courses.

Picture credit: Clive Perrin

Providing a base for primary and secondary-age students, activities at Leeson House support KS1 and KS2, as well as GCSE Geography and Geology, Common Entrance exams, and A Level Geography, Geology and Biology.

Activities include:


Early Years


  • Pond and environmental exploration
  • ‘Minibeasts’ habitats
  • Teddy bears’ picnic and ‘desert island building’
  • Outdoor sensory games
  • Nature-inspired art and sculpture


layers of Kimmeridge Clay at Kimmeridge Bay

Layers of Kimmeridge Clay at Kimmeridge Bay


Person pointing to Bat Hole near Durdle Door on map

Exploring at Durdle Door beach

  • Rivers and flood prevention
  • Coastal management
  • Tourism and transport links
  • Data interpretation for weather and climate topics
  • Coastal erosion and landforms
  • Economic change, looking at Swanage’s history through agriculture and quarrying, to tourism today
  • Field-based qualitative and quantitative study
  • Rural deprivation
  • Geological mapping
  • Woodland studies and mammal trapping
  • Vegetation succession and analysis
  • Marine and freshwater ecology
  • Working oil-well visit
  • Quarrying tour
  • Field navigation skills
  • Fossil identification