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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.
Studland Village Walk
Exploring the paths and village of Studland in the Isle of Purbeck.
Corfe Castle Walk
A walk around Corfe Castle and Norden station.
Corfe Castle West Hill Walk
A hilly walk around the Purbeck Hills to the west of Corfe Castle.
Hartland Moor Walk
A flat easy walk around Hartland Moor near the Arne nature reserve with views over Poole Harbour and across to Corfe Castle.
Norden to Scotland Heath Walk
An easy level walk around the heathland at Norden and Scotland heath.
Kilwood Nature Reserve Walk
This is a hilly 2.5 mile walk exploring the north side of the Purbeck hills between Norden and Creech.
Studland Village to Agglestone Rock Walk
A 2.9 mile walk exploring Studland Heath and Agglestone Rock.
St Aldhelms Head Walk
A 3 mile walk exploring the coast path above Chapmans Pool to St Aldhelms Head with views along the Jurassic Coast.
Chapmans Pool to Houns Tout
A hilly 3.5 mile walk along good tracks with stunning views of the Jurassic Coast.
Hartland Way Walk
A flat 3.6 mile walk along good tracks following parts of the Hartland Way walk along disused clay mining railway lines.
Durlston to Priest Way Walk
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.
The Obelisk Walk
A walk with some steep hills and steps giving you stunning views over Swanage, Studland and Poole Harbour from the Purbeck Hills.
Durlston to Dancing Ledge Walk
A walk from Durlston Country Park to Dancing Ledge along the upper path and returns via Priests Way and Townsend nature reserve.The walk offers stunning views over the Isle of Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast.
Studland To the Obelisk and Old Harry Walk
A walk starting at Studland and walking across the edge of the heathland, heading across the golf course and returning via Ballard Down and Old Harry Rocks.
South West Coast Path Swanage to Sandbanks Ferry
A walk from Swanage to the Sandbanks chain ferry via Studland Beach following the South West Coast path.