Walk of the week: Purbeck: Corfe, downs, Old Harry, dunes

 The walk of the week this week is designated as suitable for cycling, so if you’re a keen cyclist pump up your tyres, don your helmet and get yourself to Purbeck.

Length of route:
24 km (15 mi)
Suitable for:

‘Park at the Challow walkers car park (free, only about 10 spaces though). Ascend Brenscombe hill, turn left to the end for fabulous views of the ruined Corfe Castle. Retrace steps east and follow the top of the down with fabulous views of Swanage, Studland and Poole. Steep descent to the road, and then steep ascent up Ballard Down. Easy all the way past the pinnacles and Old Harry down into Studland. Then follow route past Agglestone Rock path, across dunes and heath and into forest plantation. Back to Bushey along the dismantled tramway. Stop at Corfe for delicious purbeck ice-cream or cakes or pub.’
Purbeck: Corfe, downs, Old Harry, dunes

Purbeck: Corfe, downs, Old Harry, dunes

The OS Explorer map for this route is OL 15 and the OS Landranger you will need is 195.

The grid reference for Studland is SZ 035 825 – GB Grid

dr t contributed this route.

Walk of the Week: Old Harry and Studland Heath

The walk of the week this week takes you to the stunning Dorset Purbeck coastline near Swanage. The scenery in this area is outstanding with gleaming white beaches and unspoilt countryside to tempt you! This walk will give you a mixture of seaside views, heath land and sand dunes.Length of route:
17 km (10 mi)Suitable for:WalkingDetails:

‘Starting from the beginning of the South West Coast Path, this route follows the shore line at first before skirting the village of Studland and then going on to The Foreland (more commonly known as Old Harry Rocks). From there, the route continues to climb across Ballard Down with fine views across Swanage in one direction and Poole Harbour in the other. A short descent and a stiff climb takes you to Dean Hill then across the gold course, before gradually dropping down across Studland Heath and back to the ferry.’
Old Harry and Studland Heath

Old Harry and Studland Heath

This is the OS Explorer map that you will need to complete this route and this is the OS Landranger map that you might like to refer to.

The grid reference for Swanage is SZ 025 785 – GB Grid.

The route was contributed by alan.