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Godlingston Heath walk


This walk encompasses breathtaking views right across the heath to Little Sea and Studland Bay. It also takes in the Agglestone, an enormous block of iron-rich sandstone that stands as a prominent feature in the landscape.

The Agglestone
The mysterious Agglestone on Godlingston Heath National Trust/Will Wilkinson


A map of the Godlingston Heath walk
Ordnance Survey


Middle Beach car park, Studland


From the car park walk up Beach Road. At the top turn left between the toilet block and the village pond. Take the narrow snowdrop path at the top of the green. It will take you past an ancient pear tree and the remains of an old stone cottage, before bringing you out in front of Studland Stores.


Cross the main road and continue along Heath Green Road. Note the orchards on your left, the apples from which go towards making our delicious Old Volunteer Cider (available from the Knoll Beach café). Turn right down Agglestone Road and follow the track up behind the houses. As you reach the end of the track, keep your eyes peeled for Dartford warblers and stonechats.

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A Dartford warbler
Listen out for the Dartford warbler Copyright of


The kissing gate at the end of the track brings you onto Godlingston Heath. Follow the path uphill onto Black Down Mound, where you will be rewarded with wonderful views to your right across the heath to the coastline, with the impressive Agglestone in the middle distance.

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The Agglestone on Godlingston Heath
Legend has it that the Agglestone was a missile thrown by the Devil National Trust/Will Wilkinson


Continue along the ridge and, when you meet the gravel track, turn right. At the crossroads, turn right and follow the path down to the Agglestone. From here you can see Little Sea in the distance: an acidic freshwater lake that was cut off from the sea around 100 years ago.

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A sand lizard at Studland
The sand lizard is one of six reptile species to make its home at Studland National Trust Images/Ross Hoddinott


Take the path that leads down the slope on the other side of the Agglestone and follow the path through the mire. This wet heath is an important habitat for sundews, bog orchids and bog asphodels. Look out for dragonflies and damselflies. Where the path forks, turn right heading towards the trees.


Turn right at the next junction, heading into the woodland. Then turn right again over the bridge and continue through the bridle gate. Just after Wadmore Farm House, you will see an old brick kiln on your right.


After passing the kiln, take the footpath on your right. It is immediately after, and runs adjacent to, the bridleway. At the next junction, follow the footpath round to the left. As the track widens, keep to the right and continue along the footpath in front of you until you reach Heath Green Road. Turn left and follow the road back towards Studland Stores.


Cross the main road and follow the snowdrop path then Beach Road back to your starting point.


Middle Beach car park, Studland

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Godlingston Heath walk


Gently undulating with a few slopes but no steep uphill walking. Some areas can be muddy after wet weather. Dogs are welcome under close control. Due to ground-nesting birds, please keep dogs on leads between March and September.

Godlingston Heath walk

Contact us

  • Tel: 01929 450500
Godlingston Heath walk

How to get here

Middle Beach car park, Studland, Dorset BH19 3AX
By road

Follow B3351 from Corfe Castle (9 miles) or from Poole via the chain ferry. Postcode is BH19 3AX

By foot

From the bus stop in the centre of the village, walk along the main road away from the chain ferry (towards Swanage) for about 50 yards, as far as Studland Stores and Post Office. Join the walk at route detail 2 

By bicycle

Leave the National Cycle Network Route 2 where it joins the Ferry Road and head into Studland

Godlingston Heath walk

Facilities and access

  • Parking at Middle Beach
  • Toilets at Middle Beach