Ordnance Survey ‐ Explorer OL15

These maps show public rights of way such as footpaths, bridleways and trails, boundaries, landscape features and places of interest.

Scale 1:25 000

The scale of a map is the ratio of the distance on the map to the corresponding distance on the ground. For example on 1:25 000 Scale (Explorer range) every 1 cm on the map is equal to 250 m on the ground.

Map of Purbeck and South Dorset

Poole, Dorchester, Weymouth & Swanage

Purbeck and South Dorset


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Sheet number OL15 in the OS Explorer map series is the ideal map for exploring the Purbeck coast and South Dorset. The Jurassic coast is a major draw for many outdoors enthusiasts and the beautiful countryside of South Dorset is perfect for walks and rides.

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Highlights of the area include: Kimmeridge, Chesil Beach, Brownsea Island, Dorchester, Weymouth, River Frome, Swanage, and Wareham.

The OS Explorer map for Purbeck and South Dorset is available in both the standard paper version and weatherproof 'Active' version.

Explore Purbeck and South Dorset with the OS Explorer OL15. Covering an expansive Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there’s a wealth of tranquil countryside and crashing coastline for you to explore.

The peninsula of Purbeck is made up of 60 square miles of sculpted shores, steep cliffs and sandy beaches – a perfect location for all kinds of walking, from gentle ambling, to serious tramping.

Whether you want to take it easy, or you’d prefer to be a bit more energetic, you’ll find plenty of outdoor options covered in the OS Explorer OL15 map of Purbeck and South Dorset.

If you’re up to the challenge, why not cycle the 47-mile trail around Purbeck? Take the leisurely option with a week-long winding trip, or set off at a serious sprint, completing the course in one or two days.

Find fossils and a medley of marine life at Kimmeridge Bay. The flats here provide the perfect platform for keen ecologists to explore the natural environment. Explore the woodlands and heath on Brownsea Island for the chance to spot red squirrels, Sika deer, kingfishers and oystercatchers.

And if archaeology’s where your true interest lies, head to Dorchester to discover ancient sites, from the Maumbury Rings to Maiden Castle.

Easy to follow, with clearly marked routes and rivers, we’ve left no stone unturned in preparing this essential aid to navigating Purbeck and South Dorset. Add it to your basket today and start mapping out your next trip.

Standard version: 9780319242544
Weatherproof Active version: 9780319469330
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