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.
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.