in Local Attractions
The Isle of Purbeck has a beautiful and varied countryside that will appeal to walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
The southern hills have been heavily quarried, giving the area a unique character with a wide variety of wildlife. Many rare species of flowers, animals and birds can be spotted as you walk along the world-renowned Jurassic coast. On a clear day, the views along the south hills range from Southampton and the Isle of Wight to the east and Weymouth and Portland to the west.
Many of the old quarry sites can be accessed along the cliff, the most notable of which are Dancing Ledge, Seacombe and Windspit.
The northern Purbeck ridge is composed of chalk and runs from Swanage through Corfe Castle and ends at Tyneham. Views from the North ridge cover most of central Dorset, with stunning views across Poole Harbour. The east end of the hills called Ballard down has many geographical features, including a range of chalk stacks along the eastern cliff with the famous Old Harry.
North of the Purbeck Hills and bordering Poole Harbour is the large area of Studland Heath and Rempstone Forest. Studland Heath hosts several species of lizard and snake, including Britain's only poisonous snake, the Adder.
More information on the countryside and activities on the Isle of Purbeck can be found on this website.