Standing proudly as the highest in Purbeck, you can walk to Swyre Head from various locations.

For the best family-friendly route, drive through the charming village of Kingston and you will find a small car park at the end of West Street.

You’ll be treated to commanding views across to Portland and down over the valley, which is home to the historic Encombe Estate.

Looking toward Clavell Tower from Swyre Head The mound at Swyre Head, Purbeck Swyre Head couple on bench looking at the view View across encombe estate from swyre head walk

If you’re looking to make a day of it, book a table for lunch at the Scott Arms, which you will pass on the way.

There is a generous amount of outdoor seating with stunning views of Corfe Castle, indoor nooks and crannies with log fires, and in the summer the Jerk Shack – a Caribbean-inspired outdoor menu.

Dogs at Swyre Head

Sheep in field at Swyre Head walk

Sheep tend to be grazed in the fields around Swyre Head, so it’s best to keep your dog on a short lead.

There are also many other tempting wildlife around, such as pheasants and squirrels at certain times of the year.

The landscape is quite open at points, so a dog with a good nose for a scent might disappear after it!