Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival

13th, 14th and 15th September 2019

Purbeck Nordic Marathon & Nordic 16

Specialist & Iconic Walks

Guided Nordic Walks around the Isle of Purbeck

Workshops & Presentations

Informative Workshops and Presentations

The Purbeck Nordic walking festival (now known as Purplebeck!) in Dorset is in its fourth year. Explore this stunning area on the Jurassic coast and take part in walks in iconic locations like Brownsea Island, Thomas Hardy’s cottage and Old Harry Rocks.

This 3 day event includes two distance challenges (16 and 27 miles) and a Saturday night social with live music at our unique Festival hub nestled beneath Corfe Castle.

We are delighted to be hosting the fourth PURBECK NORDIC WALKING FESTIVAL in September (13th – 15th). For the past three years a host of Nordic Walkers from around the world came to learn, participate and simply enjoy nordic walking at all levels. See pictures here.

So come and join us on our home turf in 2019, the stunning Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. Explore tranquil beaches, stunning Jurassic coastal paths, ancient castles and picture postcard villages.

What’s On?
This festival will combine innovative workshops, presentations, social events, over 100, guided Nordic walks and the UK’s only dedicated Nordic walking Marathon (in fact its almost 27 miles due to the rugged terrain!) there will also be a 16 mile stunning challenge route and a host of walks at all levels.

The full timetable will allow plenty of opportunity to Nordic walk, relax and socialize including our range of NEW Friday night supper walks and a music spectacular on Saturday evening.

Click here to see the types of Walks and Workshops we have on offer, and click here to see the 2018 timetable to get an idea of how it all works.

What you Get?
All festival goers get a Festival wristband, T-shirt and Goodie bag plus access to the HUB which is in a NEW exclusive location with more emphasis on social events, music and retail stalls.

We are busy planning the schedule for 2019 but we do know that there will be a warm Dorset welcome for Nordic Walkers (and wannabe Nordic walkers) from far and wide! Come on your own or with a group or come to get started and join our family!

Feel free to attend all 3 days or come along to tackle the challenge routes (27 and 16 miles) which are on the Saturday (you will get access to the HUB where we plan a lovely sociable Evening with Music and food). You can choose to do as much or as little as you like! This year we have a range of tickets to reflect whether you want to socialise, walk, take part in challenges or do all three.

The Festival Hub
The key location for accessibility for accommodation with good links to the Festival HUB and most walks would be Corfe Castle, Swanage, Wareham and the surrounding areas — there are a host of venues from Cottages and Campsites to Yurts and luxury Boutique Hotels.

For those without cars, there is access via bus from Wareham station. There is a steam train from Corfe Castle to Swanage and a great bus service (The Purbeck Breezer).

Please note, whilst walks will be starting from the HUB – many will also start at other locations around the Isle of Purbeck and full directions will be given when you register for them. We want you to experience the full range of hills, rugged coast and moorland plus the history and culture of our amazing ‘Island’. More information coming soon but if you are interested, secure your place today by booking into your dates.

How it all works!

The full schedule for each festival will be released 3 months prior to the event – at this point those who have purchased TICKETS will be able to create their own festival plans by selecting walks and workshops that suit their ability and timetable.

To secure a place all you need to do is to register and buy a ticket for the day or days you would like to join us and add a challenge if you fancy taking part in one!  Each day ticket will provide you access to the HUB (via a wristband) and the ability to enjoy any of the walks and workshops scheduled that day.

Once the full timetable is released, you will be able to access your account and select the walks, workshops and presentations that work for you! Most sessions are available each day of the event and many are repeated several times to make sure you do not miss out.

Note some activities may incur additional costs due to catering, entry fees or travel (Cream teas, Ferries, Museum entries and so forth) payment is taken when the activity is selected.

Register early because priority for booking individual activities is given in order of initial registration date.

Beginners are welcome and can book a Beginners package which includes Nordic Walking tuition course (and FREEDOM passport) and bespoke itinerary of suitable Nordic walks. Plus access to workshops and presentations.

NEW FOR 2019 – we know not everybody wants (or can) Nordic Walk, so this year we will see the first no poles walks at the festival. Great for the non Nordic walker who might want to experience some of the routes with their Nordic Walking relative or for those who love walking but have not yet mastered poling.

We also want to embrace inclusivity so have teamed up with some of our sites to offer Wheelchair friendly and inclusive walks.

Supported By

Guided Nordic Walks

Workshops & Presentations

Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival

2019 Festival dates – 13th, 14th and 15th September!

Take a look at our videos for a real flavour of the Festival experience!

Peak District Festival 2018

Purbeck Festival 2017

Purbeck Festival 2016