Agglestone Rock which is also known as Devil’s Anvil is a rock made out of Sandstone which weighs about 400 tonnes. The rock is perched upon a hill which is approximately one mile from the village of Studland in south Dorset, it has been listed by the Dorset Echo as one of the “25 Things To Do In Dorset Before You Die”. The legend of the rock suggests that the devil threw the rock from The Needles on the Isle of Wight, his intention was to hit Corfe Castle, Bindon Abbey, or Salisbury Cathedral.
The rock is an eroded rock made out of iron-cemented, tertiary sandstone. The rock used to be an anvil shape, but has since been eroded and due to this, it has toppled over. You can visit the Agglestone Rock by using the Godlingston Heath Walk which takes you right up to the rock as well as passing through Little Sea and Studland Bay.
Mythology of Agglestone Rock
” A musing stroll across the heath from Studland, brings you to the Aggllestone, the holy stone (Helig – Anglo-Saxon for holy) hurled by the devil on to the crest of a hillock rising above the peaty waste. Fiends often do dress like angels, and it is certainly hard to detect anything of the devil when the Madonna-blue chalices of that visionary flower, Gentiana pneumonanthe, are open on the heath. But devils did traffic with holy stones in archaic England, for devils were once gods themselves fallen from heaven upon evil days, the days when the usurping Celts looked with dread upon the works of their predecessors. For the Agglestone is a menhir”.
Taken from Downland Man by H.J. Massingham Pub 1927 by Jonathan Cape
Agglestone Rock Walking Path
The Agglestone Rock walking path takes you directly across the Godlingston Heath Nature Reserve. The walk crosses Black Down and is considered to be a moderately challenging walk. The rewards of taking this walk include amazing views of the coast and the possibility of seeing some incredible wildlife including wild horses and deer. The path begins at Middle Beach and takes you on to Agglestone Road, where you will be able to access the footpaths. Godlingston Heath is located next to Studland Heath and offers several more walking trails to try.
What Visitors Have to Say about Agglestone Rock
“What beautiful scenery especially on a sunny day. Well worth the visit. Yes, it’s a big rock but it’s really incongruous. Did the AONB walk and my tip is on step 5 of the route, note that the path you take has some steps on it.” – A review by a Tripadvisor user.
“This beauty spot is in the middle of a lovely walk. The rock makes a good place to stop for a picnic lunch. Great views from this spot.” – A review by a Tripadvisor user.
“… a really impressive rock in a very fine spot. You can rake a circular walk from either the lay by near the golf course or Studland. If you don’t like rocks, there are probably better places to visit, but I quite like rocks and this is one of my favourites.” – A review by a Tripadvisor user.