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A place apart where beauty and adventure come to life

From towering sea cliffs, rolling hills and heaths to the dunes and sandy beaches of Studland, nowhere else packs such a variety of landscapes into such a small area.

As a result, Purbeck is the richest place for plant life in Britain, home to 14 out of 17 British bat species and supports all six native reptiles.

Discover Purbeck on foot or by bike through 37 miles of paths and bridleways.

Purbeck landscapes

Celebrating the Purbeck coast

A walker on the cliffs in south Purbeck, Dorset © National Trust/Will Wilkinson

A walker on the cliffs in south Purbeck, Dorset

This year we’re celebrating the coast as we mark 50 years of the Neptune Coastal Campaign. Over the last five decades you’ve helped us raise more than £65 million to protect our coastline for generations to come.

Celebrating the Purbeck coast

The shoreline of Poole Harbour on the Studland peninsula, Dorset © National Trust/Will Wilkinson

The shoreline of Poole Harbour on the Studland peninsula, Dorset

Today, the National Trust looks after more than 740 miles of coastline. In Purbeck alone that means gems like Old Harry rocks, the south Purbeck cliffs and Brands Bay in Poole Harbour will be part of our shared heritage forever.

Celebrating the Purbeck coast

The Pinnacle chalk stack seen from near Old Harry, Dorset © National Trust/Will Wilkinson

The Pinnacle chalk stack seen from near Old Harry, Dorset

Without your help none of this would have been possible, and now we’re asking for your support to meet the challenges of the next 50 years. Check back soon to find out what we’ve got planned for this year of celebration.

Support our work

As a charity, each mile of coast costs us £3,000 to look after each year - that's nearly £1 million annually in the South West.

You can donate by calling our Supporter Service Centre on 0344 800 1895 or online.

Alternatively, give your time by volunteering or show your support by becoming a National Trust member.

Where to start

The dunes at Studland © Will Wilkinson/National Trust

Studland peninsula: National Trust parking (free to members) at South Beach, Middle Beach, Knoll Beach and Shell Bay. Wilts & Dorset bus number 50 from Bournemouth and Poole or Swanage.

Where to start

The dunes at Studland © Sky Cell

Around Corfe Castle: National Trust parking (free to members) at Castle View visitor centre. Limited roadside parking on Hartland Moor. Wilts & Dorset bus number 40 from Poole, Wareham or Swanage.

Where to start

Cliffs in south Purbeck, Dorset © National Trust/Will Wilkinson

South Purbeck cliffs: Limited parking at Spyway car park in Langton Matravers and at Acton. Wilts & Dorset bus number 40 from Poole, Wareham, Corfe Castle or Swanage. Wilts & Dorset bus number 44 from Swanage or Corfe Castle.

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Cycling in Purbeck

Get away from the traffic and strike out into the countryside on family-friendly cycle routes.

Experienced off road cyclists can try more demanding trails in the Purbeck Hills.

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