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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

Hardy heathland comes into our care

View over Slepe Heath, the inspiration for Hardy’s Egdon Heath

A wild and windswept heathland which was the inspiration for the fictional setting of Thomas Hardy’s novel The Return of the Native has come into our care.

Weather outlook

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.

Cycling in Purbeck

Two cyclists on the Rempstone Ride near Studland in Purbeck, Dorset

Two cyclists on the Rempstone Ride near Studland in Purbeck, Dorset

Get away from the traffic and strike out into the countryside on family-friendly cycle routes. More experienced off road cyclists can try more demanding trails in the Purbeck Hills.

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