Welcome to our new website. Why not take a look at our walks around Purbeck and new for 2018 check out our new challenge walk – The Purbeck 16.

ISLE OF Purbeck
WALKING FESTIVAL

13-15 September 2019

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. Follow us on Twitter or Find us on Facebook for the latest news and stories.

TAKE THE CHALLENG
Walk The Purbeck 16

The Purbeck 16 is actually more than 16 miles and is in fact closer to 17 miles and is a great step up from a half marathon. The Purbeck 16 starts and finishes in Swanage. From the Downs overlooking the beach, it heads towards Durlston Country Park and along the Jurassic coast path before going through the villages of Worth Matravers and Kingston.  This is where the route separates from the Marathon and cuts across heathland towards Corfe Castle and meets up with the Marathon Route on the common. Read more…

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