Old Harry and Nine Barrow Down

Swanage from the Purbeck Hills

Route

  1. Start from the Car park in Victoria Avenue, exit the car park and turn right onto Victoria Avenue and then left onto Northbrook Road and continue up Northbrook Road. At mini roundabout go straight ahead and follow the road until the junction with the main road.
  2. T Junction - Turn left onto Ulwell Road and continue along the road and straight ahead at next Y junction and follow the road up a hill until you come to a bridleway sign and track on your right which goes up across an open field.
  3. Bridleway - Turn right and go through the gate and follow the double track up the hill to the Obelisk monument.
  4. Obelisk - At the stone Obelisk continue straight ahead up the hill and follow the path along the top of the ridgeway past 3 gates until the track turns left along the side of the cliff and descends to Old Harry Rocks and The Foreland.
  5. The Foreland - Turn left at The Foreland and follow wide track back to Studland village.
  6. Junction - At village go straight ahead at junction and follow road up hill and to the right to the village shop and cross roads.
  7. Cross Roads - Turn Right at the cross roads / village shop and follow the road down through the village and past the National Trust car park on your right. The road will go down into a dip then up a small slope to your right followed by a sweeping left turn. Continue until you come to a rough track on the left side with a bus stop.
  8. Junction and Rough Track  - Turn left and follow the rough track down across the heathland past a farm house and continue right when you come to a wooden gate.
  9. Gate and Junction - Continue right and follow the track down a small hill and over a bridge. At a metal gate go straight ahead and follow the bridleway signs along the track until you come to a tarmac road.
  10. Tarmac road - Turn left onto the road and continue along the road until you come to a junction with a rough track straight ahead and tarmac roads to your left and right.
  11. Junction - Turn left at the junction and follow the road past a farm house on your left and continue along the road and up towards the Purbeck Hills.
  12. Cross Roads - Continue straight ahead at the cross roads until you come to the next junction.
  13. Junction - Go across the road and follow a rough track though trees and continue until the track bares right with a junction on your left side.
  14. Track Junction - Turn left and go up a short steep section of track to a gate. Go through the gate and follow the track up the side of the hill until you come to a small wooden gate.
  15. Gate - Go through the wooden gate and turn left and follow a wide track up a hill and bare right when the track splits to the left. Continue along the track along the top of the Purbeck Hills heading East towards the transmitter towers.
  16. Downhill Time! - Follow the rough track down the side of the Purbeck Hills until you come to a metal gate. Continue straight ahead at the gate and follow the track down and to your left when you go under electric power lines until you come to a metal gate and the road.
  17. Ulwell Road - Turn right onto Ulwell Road and follow the road towards Swanage until you come to a cross roads with Washpond Lane on your right.
  18. Ulwell Road and Washpond Lane - Turn right onto Washpond Lane and at the next roundabout turn left onto Northbrook Road.
  19. Washpond Lane and Northbrook Road - Turn left onto Northbrook road and continue along the road back to the start of the route.

Details

Type: Off Road Ride
Distance: 15 miles
Start From: Victoria Avenue Car park, Swanage
Total Ascent: 455m (1475 feet) approx
Description:

A hilly ride around the Isle of Purbeck with some long off road climbs and downhill sections with views over Poole Harbour, Studland Bay and across Purbeck from the top of the Purbeck Hills.

 

Ride Video

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