Things to see & do

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Three walkers in the Purbeck Hills, Dorset

Three walkers in the Purbeck Hills, Dorset

Miles of footpaths including The Purbeck Way and part of the South West Coast Path make Purbeck a paradise for walkers.


 © National Trust/Neil Davidson

Dorset mountain bikers have described Purbeck as 'God's playground' for its spectacular upland bridleways and challenging technical descents.


Cyclists on a bridleway on Godlingston Heath in Purbeck, Dorset © National Trust/Neil Davidson

You don't need to be an adrenalin junkie though – there are some great family routes taking you away from the traffic and into the heart of the countryside.

Go geocaching

Find hidden treasures on a high tech hunt. We've hidden more than 20 caches on beaches, hills and heaths in Purbeck. You can borrow a GPS unit from the Knoll Beach office, Studland.

Watch birds on Middlebere Heath

Waders like this avocet are among the highlights © National Trust

Waders like this avocet are among the highlights

Hides on the heathland and overlooking Poole Harbour get bird watchers up close with large flocks of avocets and Brent geese during winter, as well as stonechats and meadow pipits. If you are really lucky you may see a hobby performing its spectacular aerobatics, a majestic hen harrier, or even a migrating osprey in spring or autumn.

50 things to do in Purbeck

There's plenty to tick off your list © National Trust

There's plenty to tick off your list

Build a den, make a mud pie or jump over waves - Purbeck is packed with opportunities to tick adventures off your 50 things list. Explore inside a cave on the south Purbeck coast, fly a kite at Ballard Down or explore inside a tree in Langton West Wood.

Don't be a stranger, meet the Ranger!

Drop in and see what's going on © Neil Davidson/National Trust

Drop in and see what's going on

Volunteering in the countryside is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and help us look after some very special places. Why not try it out on a drop-in volunteering session? There's no need to book and you can stay all day or just for an hour if you like.