Protecting the Purbeck coast

An aerial view of the Purbeck coast

The 24km of coastline the National Trust looks after in Purbeck includes some of the most beautiful sections of the South Coast.

It includes sweeping sandy beaches at Studland, towering limestone cliffs at Spyway, rare lowland heaths and rolling chalk grasslands.

Each of these areas faces an unique combination of pressures in the coming years with factors including climate change and visitor patterns playing a part.

That’s why we have set out a plan to ensure a sustainable future for the Purbeck coast.

In doing so, we have been guided by the local Shoreline Management Plan agreed with local authorities and other stakeholders, and by the National Trust’s Shifting Shores policy, which seeks to work with nature rather than against it.

You can find out about our plans in more detail in the attached document.

Coastal Management Policy in Purbeck (PDF / 1.8MB) download