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Calendar of Walks

Click on the day you’re interested in to see a list of walks with difficulty, interest, walk leader, location and booking button

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LATEST NEWS: New walk to Corfe Castle on Nine Barrow Down Sat 27th – great views!
Announcing Walking Festival Dates for 2015: Saturday 19 – Sunday 27 September

 

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The beautiful Isle of Purbeck is a walker’s paradise. From coast to country, the variety is unsurpassed.

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, the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the coast is truly special. But the Dorsethinterland 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.

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 three walks with a ‘War’ theme commemorating both World Wars in conjunction with the 2014 anniversary, a new ‘Family Bug’ walk, quarrying, shipwrecks, smuggling, fossils, literature, art, photography and ghost stories. 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.

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