Where green fields reach down to the beach itself, beneath the towering cliff of White Nose, lies Ringstead in its own little bay and - being rather inaccessible - is protected from the holiday hordes. Ancient cottages backed by a few modern bungalows are all that has developed here, yet it is mentioned in the Domesday Book.

East Ringstead was destroyed by pirates and its church has long vanished. The bay was not always so peaceful as it is today. In the late 18th century smugglers used a thatched cottage on the shore as their headquarters for organized smuggling. Just above the bay is a prominence known as Burning Cliff to the residents of Weymouth. The cause of the burning was gorse set on fire by the shore party to warn approaching smugglers out at sea that the Kings revenue men were watching.

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