There are many footpaths around Swanage and the Purbecks. The South Coast walk route passes through the area. A good starting place for walks is at Durlston Park which is well sign posted from the town centre.
The heathland at Studland is also a popular place for walking and Mountainbiking. The heathland and most of the surrounding area is owned by The National Trust, so it is always kept clean and the animals are well fenced in to stop them from going too far.
If you are after a longer walk we can recommend starting at Swanage sea front and follow the cliff path to Kimmeridge then head towards Corfe Castle, then back to Swanage via the Purbeck Hills which is approximately 20 miles with amazing views from on the top of the Purbeck hills.
Guided and self guided walking holidays along the Jurassic Coast are avaiable from footscape, visit their website at www.footscape.co.uk/ for more information.
We have the following walks available for you to print and follow.
Corfe Castle to Creech and back via Norden Farm
Start at the NT car park near the castle
Approx 4.3 miles
Durlston to Dancing Ledge
Swanage to Durlston Country Park, on to Dancing Ledge and back via Priests Way
Approx: 7 miles
Studland Heath Walk 1
Start on the Ferry Road, Studland
Approx 1.8 miles
Studland to Old Harry Rocks
Take in the sea views of Studland bay and out to the Isle of Wight from The Foreland and Old Harry Rocks
Approx: 2.65 miles
Swanage to Corfe Castle
Swanage to Corfe Castle and back via Kingston and Worth Matravers.
Approx: 13.5 miles
Wareham Forest Walk
A level walk round Wareham Forest
Approx: 4.85 miles
Ulwell, Round Down, Obelisk, Back via Whitecliff Farm
Take in the sea views of Swanage, Poole Harbour and out to Southampton and the Isle of Wight from Purbeck Hills
Approx: 2.5 miles