Walking

Stroll around Studland

A family walking along a sandy path in Studland, Dorset

A family walking along a sandy path in Studland, Dorset

Miles of sandy beach and dunes offer big skies and sweeping coastal views while the gentle walk up to the chalk stacks of Old Harry is a Sunday classic.

Walks near Studland Beach

 © Jon Bish/National Trust

Eleven walks, from one-mile waymarked trails to more ambitious treks. Parking at Knoll Beach, Shell Bay, Middle Beach and South Beach. There's a café and shop at Knoll Beach.

Walks near Corfe Castle

Enjoy a walk through time on the Common near Corfe Castle, Dorset © National Trust

Great views from hill and heath. You can even follow the Purbeck Ridgeway to the sea and return by steam train. Parking, café and toilets at Castle View. Tea rooms and shop in the village square.

Corfe Castle and the Purbeck Hills

Three walkers in the Purbeck Hills, Dorset

Three walkers in the Purbeck Hills, Dorset

Corfe Castle dominates a natural gap in the Purbeck Hills and provides an ideal base camp for exploring the chalk uplands.

South Purbeck cliffs and quarries

Sea views from the South Purbeck cliffs

Sea views from the South Purbeck cliffs

The towering cliffs of south Purbeck are an inspiration to walkers. The legacy of quarrying is all around and favourite beauty spots like Dancing Ledge tempt the intrepid down to sea level.

Walks in South Purbeck

A flock of sheep in south Purbeck © National Trust/Will Wilkinson

Explore the limestone landscape or sample the South West Coast Path with a choice of circular routes. Free parking at Spyway and Acton and by donation at Worth Matravers (not National Trust).

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