Friday 14th – Sunday 16th September 2018

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Calendar of Walks

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NOW in our 8th Year!!

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This year the festival will run on September 14th,15th and 16th. with a varied programme of 13 great walks led by local experts. For further information please ring Bob Westwood on 07777 662086 or Andy Pedrick on 07790 474478.

The beautiful Isle of Purbeck is a walker’s paradise. From coast to country, the variety is unsurpassed. Why not consider a walking in Dorset holiday this year?

The Dorset coastal walking is spectacular. From a stroll along the beach in beautiful Victorian Swanage to a serious hike along the South West Coast Path and the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival is truly special too. But walking in Dorset hinterland is extraordinary too – wonderful heathland, walking through designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest, with the added attraction of sea glimpses wherever you turn.

This tranquil area of Dorset is home to many rare species of birds, wildflowers, butterflies and reptiles. Walks take in the wildlife paradise of Durlston Country Park, heathland at Studland, limestone cliffs along the coast and the RSPB reserve at Arne.

Walking in Dorset

Purbeck offers something for everyone and our walks have been designed to show as much of the area as possible. Some include a pub lunch in a typical Dorset village and others a ride home on the steam train .

The area is steeped in Dorset history, the Civil War ruin of Corfe Castle, the evacuated village at Tyneham and, of course, the unique geology of the area. This year we have two walks with a ‘War’ theme commemorating both World Wars, walks exploring quarrying, shipwrecks, wildlife, ancient civilisation, fossils, literature, art, photography and local history. Really a walk for everyone.

Purbeck Stone has been quarried for generations and evidence of the industry can be seen all around you. Blasted caves on the coast, machinery on the cliffs and the architectural gems of Swanage attest to the area’s quarrying legacy, which still continues today.

Accommodation is plentiful and varied. Choose from a wide selection of hotels, guest houses, B&B’s, pubs, rural farmhouses, caravan and camping sites.

After your walk, whether you fancy a cream tea, fish and chips, a bar meal or fine dining, you will find what suits you.

We look forward to welcoming you to this unspoilt and often overlooked part of the country. Enjoy all it has to offer and make walking in Dorset a must for you in 2016.

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Big shout of thanks for anyone who took part in a terrific week of on foot Dorset adventure, including these champs who took on our 11 mile Coastal walk..#Walkingforhealth #ExplorePurbeck ... See MoreSee Less

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Devil and D'Day - happy walkers this week finding out all about our WW2 history, on route to the mystical Jurassic giant Aggleston Rock.. ... See MoreSee Less

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