Situated between Swanage and Corfe Castle, the small size of the village of Harman’s cross belies its busy and thriving community.

Harman's Cross village hall

The village hall holds regular events throughout the year and is a prominent venue for Dorset’s Artsreach – a charity that brings theatre, comedy and music to rural places such as Harman’s Cross.

Playground with zip wire at Harman's Cross


There’s also a fantastic playground (with a zip wire!) and you will also find a connection to the Swanage Railway here.

Harman's Cross station sign

Walks in and around Harman’s Cross

Hop on the steam train or drive and park at Harman’s Cross railway station car park:

  • Choose one of the various footpaths for a quiet walk across farmland and into the Purbeck Hills. Some pathways make for a nice short walk and picnic, and some take you all the way to Corfe Castle, Swanage or Langton Matravers.
  • Further afield, and up Valley Road towards Langton, you can pick up walking trails for Dancing Ledge
  • Nearby Wilkswood Woods is a fantastic, tranquil walk through ancient woodland
  • For the more seasoned walkers, Harman’s Cross makes a good base for picking up Jurassic Coast trails

Nearby attractions

  • Corfe Castle – a pleasant but more challenging walk will take you through the Purbeck countryside to the village of Corfe Castle. Head over Corfe Common or down East Street till you reach the village square and Corfe Castle itself
  • Kingston – up the hill and situated between Worth Matravers and Corfe Castle lies the small but perfectly formed village of Kingston. Its pretty road make for a good stroll and a drink or meal at The Scott Arms comes with enviable views down over Purbeck and Corfe Castle ‘gap’ between the hills.

Good to know…

Harman’s Cross car park operates an honesty box donation.

There is a petrol station with a Spa shop in Harman’s Cross itself, and another on the road out to Swanage. 

The village and its surrounding area is popular with campers and caravaners, with various campsites in and around Harman’s Cross.