Walking in the Purbeck Countryside
Few places pack such a variety of landscape into such a small area as Purbeck.
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.
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.
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 dominates a natural gap in the Purbeck Hills and provides an ideal base camp for exploring the chalk uplands.
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.
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).