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Old Harry Rocks walk


Breathtaking views of the Jurassic coast and unique rock formations await you on this circular pub walk.

Old Harry Rocks, Dorset
There are fine views of Old Harry Rocks from the South West Coast Path National Trust/Will Wilkinson


A map of the Old Harry Rocks walk
Ordnance Survey


South Beach car park, Studland, Dorset grid ref: SZ038824


From the car park walk down the road past the Bankes Arms pub and turn left by the public toilets on to the path signed for Old Harry. Look out for rectangular earthworks in the wood near Old Harry - the remains of fields used by Celtic farmers.


From Old Harry follow the coast path up a gentle rise, keeping well back from the sheer cliff edge.

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Old Harry Rocks seen from the South West Coast Path
There are fine views of Old Harry from the South West Coast Path National Trust/Will Wilkinson


At the first gate, keep to the cliff top path. There's a good variety of chalk grassland flowers in the short turf, but you'll need to go down on hands and knees to best enjoy them. Look back to enjoy a fine view of the Pinnacle stack.

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A peregrine falcon
Peregrine falcons can sometimes be seen near Old Harry Rocks Flickpicpete


Go through a farm gate and head straight on past earthworks and along Ballard Down.

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A greater black backed gull in flight
Greater black backed gulls soar overhead at Old Harry Rocks P Dean


Just before the stone bench marked 'Rest and be thankful', where the main paths cross, turn right down the hill towards Studland.


Follow the road down through the Glebeland estate.


Go straight on at the crossroads, following the sign for the church. On your right is the village cross, which was erected in 1976. The carvings depict a range of images both ancient and modern.


At the end of the lane, go through the gate into the churchyard. Pass the church on your right then turn immediately right and follow the footpath back to your starting point.


South Beach car park, Studland, Dorset grid ref: SZ038824

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Old Harry Rocks walk


This is a fairly gentle walk, normally with good conditions underfoot. One steady climb up Ballard Down. Beware of sheer cliff edges on and approaching Old Harry. Dogs welcome under close control.

Old Harry Rocks walk

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Old Harry Rocks walk

How to get here

South Beach car park, Studland, Dorset
By road

Follow B3351 from Corfe Castle, 5 miles (8km), or from Poole to Studland via chain ferry. Car park is at BH19 3AU.

By foot

 From the crossroads in Studland village, take lane by post office and follow it round to Bankes Arms pub.

By bus

Wilts & Dorset 50 from Bournemouth and Swanage, or 40 from Poole. Then follow foot directions.

By bicycle

Leave National Cycle Network Route 2 where it joins the Ferry Road, then head south into Studland, 1 mile (1.6km), and follow foot directions.

Old Harry Rocks walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets, parking, food and drink at South Beach