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Walking

There are many footpaths around Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck. The South Coast walk route passes through the area. An excellent 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 prefer a longer walk we can recommend starting at Swanage sea front and follow the cliff path to Kimmeridge then head inland 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 available from footscape, visit their website at www.footscape.co.uk/ for more information.

Isle of Purbeck Walking Routes

Corfe Castle Walk

Distance: 2 miles
A walk around Corfe Castle and Norden station.
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Corfe Castle Walk

Corfe Castle West Hill Walk

Distance: 2 miles
A hilly walk around the Purbeck Hills to the west of Corfe Castle.
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Corfe Castle Walk

Hartland Moor Walk

Distance: 2 miles
A flat easy walk around Hartland Moor near the Arne nature reserve with views over Poole Harbour and across to Corfe Castle.
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Heartland Moor Walk

Norden to Scotland Heath Walk

Distance: 2 miles
An easy level walk around the heathland at Norden and Scotland heath.
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Norden to Scotland Heath

Chapmans Pool to Houns Tout

Distance: 3.5 miles
A hilly 3.5 mile walk along good tracks with stunning views of the Jurassic Coast.
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Hartland Way Walk

Hartland Way Walk

Distance: 3.6 miles
A flat 3.6 mile walk along good tracks following parts of the Hartland Way walk along disused clay mining railway lines. .
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Hartland Way Walk

Durlston to Priest Way Walk

Distance: 4 miles
This is a 4 mile walk around Durlston Country Park and the Townsend Nature Reserve which crosses part of Priests Way. The walk offers stunning views over the Isle of Purbeck, the Jurassic Coast and across to the Isle or Wight.
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Durlston to Priest Way Walk

The Obelisk Walk

Distance: 5 miles
A walk with some steep hills and stunning views over Swanage, Studland and Poole Harbour from the Purbeck Hills.
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The Obelisk Walk