We are spoilt for choice in Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck with so many wonderful places to explore.
To make it easier for you to plan your visit we’ve broken up some of the best walks into handy categories, so you can find the right one for your day out.
If you need to stop to buy walking gear while you’re here, there are various options:
- Jurassic Outdoor, Swanage – Everything you need for hiking and camping, including walking boots, thermal socks, outdoor clothing and penknives
- National Trust shop, Corfe Castle – The National Trust shop often sells walking gear, from water bottles to rucksacks and foldable stools
- Norden farm shop – Just outside Corfe Castle, on the way to Wareham, Norden farm shop sells a range of outdoor and pet items
For stunning scenery
Perfect for both shorter walks and packing a picnic and making a day of it, these special spots are a short drive from Swanage and boast some of the most beautiful views to be found in the South of England.
- Durdle Door – A short walk from the car park at Durdle Door Holiday Park, or a longer, more strenuous uphill walk from West Lulworth, is the iconic limestone arch, synonymous with Dorset’s Jurassic Coast,and its cliff walk and shingle beach
- Lulworth Cove – This beautiful cove has various walking options, from a stroll around the pretty West Lulworth village to hiking up to Durdle Door, or exploring around the cliffs of the Lulworth Ranges and the South West Coast Path
- Old Harry Rocks – One of the Jurassic Coast’s most famous landmarks is a gentle half-hour walk from the village of Studland
- Swyre Head – Despite being the highest point in Purbeck, the walk to Swyre Head is mostly flat. The views across the landscape toward Kimmeridge are breathtaking. You can also catch glimpses of Corfe Castle across the Purbeck Hills on your walk back
For unique moments to remember
For families with little ones
These walks are either children-oriented, or have everything you’d need on-hand, such as loos, refreshment options and safe walking trails
- Corfe Castle Model Village and tea room –
- Durlston Country Park
- Studland sand dunes – Studland Bay Knoll Beach
For following in dinosaurs’ footsteps
Whether you want to learn more about the history of dinosaurs in this area of the Jurassic Coast or want to actually see their footprints, there are plenty of Jurassic jaunts around Purbeck
- Fossil Forest – Lulworth Cove
- Keate’s Quarry – Dinosaur footprints – Worth Matravers
- Kimmeridge Bay
For four-legged visitors
These dog-friendly walks will have tails wagging, noses sniffing, and owners discovering somewhere new in or around Swanage
Sometimes the best part about a walk is the cake-reward at the end. Luckily, Swanage and Purbeck have plenty of options for a walk-cake combo.
For real ale and local cider aficionados
Round off your ramble with a well-deserved pint of Purbeck’s best.
For the more adventurous
These walks are either a little more off-the-beaten track or slightly more strenuous.
For endless rambles to return to again and again
- The South West Coast Path