Iconic Purbeck Walks

Selection of iconic walks around the Isle of Purbeck

guided-walks-800x600These iconic walks will give you the best of Purbeck as they visit the top sites and provide the best views. Venturing along the coastal paths and through the unique landscape of Purbeck they will be repeated during Friday and Sunday to ensure as many people as possible get to enjoy them. We have included a mix of distances and terrains so there will be something for everybody. You can choose whether to take a longer walk and explore the area or include a few shorter ones in order to get see the whole area on foot. Either way we will be giving a prize for the most miles covered in 3 days! All walks will be lead by qualified instructors or walk leaders and will be bookable in advance All you need to do is register for your chosen days and we will send you the full schedule for the days you have selected so you can plan your Festival and book into those that take your fancy (priority given in order of festival booking date).

Here’s a taste of the iconic Purbeck walks we will have on offer

Paella on the Beach

One of our NEW Friday night Supper walks – This stunning location at the South end of Studland Beach is truly magical and accessed only on foot. Joes Café is a rustic surf shack style café with tables which look out onto the Bay. Come and watch the sunset as the huge Paella pan is fired up and the scent of Paprika fills the air! We will have two evening routes of different durations that will finish in time for you to join us for some iconic Purbeck beachside hospitality.

Corfe Castle, Creech and Coffee

This walk takes in the highest point in Purbeck (Creech Barrow) and one of the major chalk ridges that straddle Corfe Castle.

Although a longer tougher route than many, this route rewards you with views on all sides plus a drop into a stunning unspoilt Dorset Village complete with Duck Pond and a perfectly placed tea room where we pause for a mid walk refreshment before heading through a nature reserve and woodland and back into Corfe Castle.

Distance circa 6 miles

Points of interest
Corfe Castle Village and Amenities
Creech Barrow views
Creech Barrow 7 war time heroes –  a British Guerilla force who were trained by Churchill in case of invasion

Kimmeridge to Tyneham Cap with optional visit to Fossil museum

Kimmeridge Bay is famous for Surfing and Fossils as well as Clavells Tower and the wonderful picturesque Café with the same name.

This tranquil Village is made up of traditional thatched houses with pretty gardens overlooking the Bay. In 2016 the jaw dropping Etches Fossil collection (over 2,000 specimens collected by one Man over 30 years) was opened in the new Village Hall Centre.

This walk takes you along a stunning ridge with views in all directions before dropping onto the Coast path along the Bay and back through the Village.

POINTS OF INTEREST
Kimmeridge Bay
Clavells Tower
Clavells Café
Etches Collection Fossil museum

Note: this walk starts at a location away from the Main festival hub so transport will be required.

FOSSIL WALK with RENOWNED FOSSIL COLLECTOR STEVE ETCHES

Fossil walk with the universally acclaimed fossil collector, Steve Etches. Steve’s collection fills the new Fossil museum in Kimmeridge and is literally jaw dropping! It is so extensive that those of us at HQ who have annual passes have yet to see many of the specimens See http://theetchescollection.org/home . Steve will lead you down to the cove where he will explain the geology that makes this area so unique and outline how he has uncovered his unique collection of creatures over the years. This walk will need to be at low tide and there will be lots of stopping – poles are not essential but could help on slippery surfaces.   POINTS OF INTEREST Kimmeridge Bay Clavells Tower Clavells Café Etches Collection Fossil museum Note: this walk starts at a location away from the Main festival hub so transport will be required.

Old Harry Loop from Bankes Arms and Back - with optional cream tea

The chalk stacks known as Old Harry Rocks mark the start of the World Heritage site of the Jurassic Coast. Old Harry Rocks were created through thousands of years of erosion by the sea and were originally a part of the chalk ridgeline that runs across the south coast joining up with the Needles on the Isle of Wight.

The chalk ridge was formed approximately 65 million years ago but you can join us to walk towards the rocks and look down on them from the cliffs. This walk has one steep climb but is otherwise fairly flat and has views across Studland bay and out to the Isle of Wight. This walk contains one climb but is otherwise on fairly even ground and it provides far reaching views over Studland Bay and towards Swanage.

Reward yourself at the end with a Cream Tea specially prepared in the Manor Farm tearooms for only £5 – must be pre booked in advance via NWUK (cream tea not available on all walks).

Distance: 4 – 4.5 miles
Start Location: Bankes Arms Car Park, Studland
Car parking: Free to National Trust Members (circa £4 a day for non members)

Other things to enjoy in the area:-
STUDLAND BEACH

THE PIG ON THE BEACH

THE BANKES ARMS

Note: this walk starts at a location away from the Main festival hub so transport will be required.

Corfe Castle Circular

The symbol of Purbeck, Corfe Castle tends to star in many NWUK photos too! Blown up by Cromwell in the Civil War it sits on a mound in between two massive chalk ridges surrounded by tiny cottages that make up the Village used in many film sets (including Thomas Hardy’s Mayor of Casterbridge & Bedknobs & Broomsticks). Join us for our favourite circular loops that take in the best views of the Castle and the whole of the Isle of Purbeck.

In Corfe Walk (West Hill Loop) we will climb one of the ridges to look down on the Castle and Village from above plus taking in the delightful Copper Bridge and views across Poole Harbour. This walk involves a steady but manageable climb and no stiles – one area can be muddy in wet weather and the area is predominantly used for livestock grazing so Cattle/Sheep could be encountered.

Distance: 3.5 miles
Start and Finish at the HUB

Other things to enjoy in the area:-
CORFE CASTLE
MODEL VILLAGE
SWANAGE RAILWAY

Corfe Castle Breakfast Walk

A gentle walk around Corfe Castle that does not include any hills and rewards you with an optional breakfast in the MODEL VILLAGE which is situated in ancient West Street. This perfect replica of the Village how it was in 1646 in 1/20th scale is the only way to see what the Castle looked like before Oliver Cromwell blew it up!

This walk starts at the HUB and takes you out beside the Castle and onto a circular path that goes below the West Hill ridge before taking you back into the Village for Breakfast in the 17th Century Courtyard Cafe. After Breakfast you can stay in the Village to tour the model village and make your own way back to the Hub, your next walk or the train to Swanage when you are ready!

Distance: 3 miles
Start and Finish at the HUB

Other things to enjoy in the area:-
CORFE CASTLE
MODEL VILLAGE
SWANAGE RAILWAY

Corfe Castle Cream Tea Walk

A gentle walk around Corfe Castle that does not include any hills and rewards you with an optional cream tea in the lusciously named LOVE CAKE TOO tearooms which is situated in ancient West Street.

This walk starts at the HUB and takes you out beside the Castle and onto a circular path that goes below the West Hill ridge before taking you back into the Village for Breakfast in the 17th Century Courtyard Cafe.

You can stay in the Village and make your own way back to the Hub or take the train to Swanage when you are ready!

Distance: 3 miles
Start and Finish at the HUB

Other things to enjoy in the area:-
CORFE CASTLE
MODEL VILLAGE
SWANAGE RAILWAY

Corfe Castle Tale of Two Hills

This walk is not for the fainthearted but is a great way to see the whole of the Isle Purbeck and get a great workout at the same time!

This walk does a figure of 8 around the Castle and Village in order to climb both East and West Hills! Steep with some steps, these hills are worth the climb as they provide stunning vistas in all directions. This walk will be at a brisker pace (apart from the hills) and is for those who like a blast!

Distance: 5 miles
Start and Finish at the HUB

Other things to enjoy in the area:-
CORFE CASTLE
MODEL VILLAGE
SWANAGE RAILWAY

The Spiffing Enid Blyton Ginger Beer Walk

Purbeck was the favourite holiday location for Enid Blyton and is said to be the inspiration for many a tale!

This walk starts for the stunning Knoll House Hotel which Enid Blyton visited at least 4 times a year in the 50’s. The former 1930’s Summer retreat sits overlooking Studland Bay and has retained it’s period charm. Join us as we explore the local countryside, heading out to the Harbour across heathland adjacent to the Golf Course owned by Blyton and her husband.

We will stop for Ginger Beer and immerse ourselves in a themed walk before going back to the Hotel for a drink or lunch (call to reserve this in advance) where more interesting Enid Blyton can be found.

Distance: 4 – 4.5 miles
Location: L35
Start and Finish at Knoll House Hotel, Studland

Other things to enjoy in the area:-
STUDLAND BEACH

THE PIG ON THE BEACH

THE BANKES ARMS

Note: this walk starts at a location away from the Main festival hub so transport will be required.

Studland to Agglestone Rock

Agglestone Rock is yet another unique feature of the area. Also known as the Devil’s Anvil, it is a sandstone block of about 400 tonnes weight, perched on a conical hill on the wild Heathland that borders Poole Harbour.

Your walk leader will take you through Studland Village and out onto the Heathland before a short climb takes you along a ridge towards the iconic rock where you can get up close and marvel at the magnitude before dropping down towards Studland road and through the woods to the Village and the 3 stunning beaches of Studland bay. This is a fairly easy walk with no significant climbs on sandy heathland terrain. There is a short road section at the start.

Distance: 3 miles
Location: L
Start and Finish at Middle Beach Car Park, Studland Car parking – Free to National Trust Members (circa £4 a day for non members)

Other things to enjoy in the area:-
STUDLAND BEACH

THE PIG ON THE BEACH

THE BANKES ARMS

Note: this walk starts at a location away from the Main festival hub so transport will be required.

Worth Matravers Coastal Path Loops

Worth Matravers Coastal Path Loop (including Winspit).

Experience the real essence of Purbeck on this circular walk which starts near to the famous Square and Compass Pub in the beautiful village or Worth Matravers.

This tranquil setting has a history of quarrying for Purbeck stone and the landscape has been shaped by this heritage whilst the pub seems to have changed little since it was frequented by the Quarry men (apart from having a Cider Cart and Fossil Museum).

On this walk your leader will take you out from the Village to the Coastal Trails. Note – Walk is subject to change in the event of sea fog (alternatives have been planned)

Known as the Smugglers Way, the walk will take you via the East Man and Seacombe before climbing back to Worth Matravers. There are a couple of climbs (circa 50 steps) and one small stone ‘gap’ stile to negotiate.

Distance: circa 3 miles
You will finish back at the Square and Compass where you can enjoy a glass of local Cider with views out to Sea.
Walk starts and finishes at Worth Matravers Village Car Park – suggested donation applies.

Other things to enjoy in the area:-
SQUARE and COMPASS
COAST GUARD

ST ALDHEMS CHAPEL

Note: this walk starts at a location away from the Main festival hub so transport will be required.

Kingston to Houns Tout Walk

A stunning circular walk that provides a unique view of Chapmans Pool and the Encombe Valley which is also known as the golden bowl. Walk through a stunning valley to the coast and then climb a steep uphill section (which is via steps but does have a drop to the sea to one side) to take in the views towards Portland and Kimmeridge Bay from Houns-Tout cliff.

Return via a ridge that provides more stunning views of the Encombe Vally (including the House, Lake and walled Gardens).

Refresh with a drink at the Scott Arms pub which has unrivalled views of Corfe Castle.

Distance: 3.5 miles
Location K – start at Kingston

Other things to do in the area
Scott Arms

Corfe Castle

Swanage Railway

Note: this walk starts at a location away from the Main festival hub so transport will be required.

Tyneham lost village and Worbarrow Bay

Today Tyneham is a ghost village and its school and church are given over to displays of life in the village as it was before it was taken over by the MOD during the Second World War. Still part of the extensive MOD ranges time has literally stood still in this Village.

Join us to experience just how tranquil life would have been for those displaced and read their stories as you explore the ruins after the walk. We will have a choice of 3 walks in and around the Village and it is included in the Marathon too.

The valley in which the Village sits is bordered by two chalk ridges which once climbed give views out across Lulworth and Poole Harbour on one side and across to Kimmeridge on the other. Both ridges lead down to the secluded unspoilt beach at Worbarrow with its iconic ‘Tout’. Both ridges involve a steep climb but we will also have a short flat walk to the bay for those less keen on the hill work!

Tyneham Loop 1 (Gadds Hill)
This shorter walk drops from the Village into the Bay where paddle steamers used to bring Tourists to the tranquil village before it was evacuated. A fairly steep but short climb up to the coast path is rewarded with views across Brandy Bay and back to Kimmeridge before dropping back down into the lost Village. This walk does traverse a fairly high ridge with a drop to the sea below.
Distance: 2.5 – 3 miles

Tyneham Loop 2 (Flowers Barrow)
Car parking suggested £2 donation for upkeep of the Village Also starting with a walk to the Bay this walk then crosses to the other side of the bay before a STEEP and fairly long climb up to a prehistoric ridgeway, where the massive Iron Age Flowers Barrow hillfort has a tremendous outlook over coastal vistas stretching from Portland to Poole. Without doubt this is one of the most beautiful vistas in the area.
Distance: 4 miles

Tyneham  Loop 3 (Gentle Woodland Walk)
This gentle walk takes you form the Village,past the old farmyard and down to Worbaarow Bay on an even gravel track. We will allow time to stroll along the beach and take in the tranquillity and views before heading back to the Village via a magical woodland that typifies the unspoilt nature of this secret valley.
Distance: 2 miles

Start and Finish of all loops in Tyneham Village car park.
Car parking suggested £2 donation for upkeep of the Village.

Other things to enjoy in the area:-
LULWORTH COVE

DURDLE DOOR

LULWORTH CASTLE

Read more about the fascinating lost village of Tyneham www.tynehamopc.org.uk

Note: this walk starts at a location away from the Main festival hub so transport will be required.

Dancing Ledge from Putlake Farm

This really is following in the footsteps of the Dinosaurs because footprints in the rocks have been found in most of the local quarries along the route including Keats Quarry where they were a metre in diameter and belonged to a 30-metre, 30-ton Diplodocus.

A fairly challenging walk with steep descents (sometimes slippery) this walk captures the essence of Purbeck stone and its importance to stonemasons and fossil hunters. Dancing ledge itself is a platform where ships used to come to collect the stone and is so named because it the size of a ballroom.

Now it also has a natural swimming pool area which was blasted out for the use by a local prep school. Sea views, old caves and the Priests way – this walk has a bit of everything.

Distance: 4. 5 miles
Starts and Finishes at Putlake Farm, Langton Matravers

Things to do in the area
Burngate Stone Carving Centre
Square and Compass

Note: this walk starts at a location away from the Main festival hub so transport will be required.

Corfe to Swanage (return by Steam Train) and Vice versa!

Leave the hub in Corfe  and climb up to 9 Barrow Down where expansive views of the isle of Purbeck and Studland Bay reward you for the effort!

The walk continues along the ridge undulating with the natural chalk formations until the path eventually descends into Ulwell on the outskirts of Swanage and into the town where you can enjoy a taste of the seaside before jumping on a Steam train back to the Hub.

These are one way only routes so you will need to catch the steam train back to your start points (or a bus) after taking some time to explore the end destination or perhaps joining another walk there! A fairly gentle walk with one moderate climb.

Distance: 5 miles

Other things to enjoy in the area:-
SWANAGE RAILWAY

CORFE CASTLE

CORFE CASTLE MODEL VILLAGE

No car needed from main hub or Swanage mini hub.

Church Knowle to Kimmeridge Valley Loop

A complete taste of Purbeck, this walk combines both of the chalk ridges that define the ‘Isle’.

This walk literally crosses Purbeck taking in expansive views in all directions. Starting in Church Knowle a village with a stunning 13th century church it takes in both hills and dale, arable land, woodland and stunning cliff tops.

Incorporating a drink/snack stop overlooking Kimmeridge Bay (option to visit Café 5 mins down steep hill for ice cream and comfort stop) the walk then climbs up to Heaven’s Gate along the cliff tops before dropping back down into the Valley, through old farmyards and back into Church Knowle with its welcoming Pub.

This walk contains a couple of moderate climbs and two fairly steep ones. The terrain varies from rocky tracks to arable fields and there is one narrow footpath section that can be overgrown (long trousers advised!) The route includes areas where Livestock may be grazing and a farmyard area in a valley which can be muddy in wet weather. There are several stiles en route and a couple of areas where its uneven underfoot.

Distance: circa 7 miles
Start and Finish new Inn Church Knowle

Things to do in the area
Margaret Green Animal Sanctuary

Corfe Castle

Note: this walk starts at a location away from the Main festival hub so transport will be required.

Swanage Pier to Durlston Loop via Peveril Point

A favourite of the local groups, this relatively short walk is guaranteed to blow the cobwebs away.

A route that has been popular since Victorian Swanage, this trail winds up from the Pier and seafront along the coastal trail and up into the amazing Durlston Country park and round Peveril Point.

From Durlston you can view the bay were dolphins are often spotted and wildlife abounds plus experience the Victorian link by spotting the London bollards which are a feature of the park. (They were used to weigh down the empty ships which came to collect the Purbeck stone used in many major London buildings).

No stiles involved but a brisk climb up to Durlston.

Distance: 3 miles
Starts at Swanage Pier

Other things to enjoy in the area:-
Swanage Pier

Swanage Seafront

Swanage Town Centre

Kimmeridge to Heavens Gate

Kimmeridge to Heavens Gate – including an option to visit to the Fossil Museum.

A walk that is stunning and on good wide stony paths blessed with the some of the best views in Purbeck. This walk starts above the Village in a quarry car park where the track takes you up onto the ridge overlooking the iconic Clavells tower. Views are expansive and include St Aldhems chapel in one direction and Portland in the other!

The walk continues to Heavens Gate a viewpoint and on to Swyre head before heading inland overlooking the tranquil Encombe estate and back along the cliff to the start or the chance to venture down into the Village and/or bay below.

Kimmeridge Bay is a hotspot for surfers and snorkelers and the home of the Etches collection of fossils which are held in the new Village Hall complex opposite an equally fantastic café!.

It simply is iconic Dorset with terrain varying from arable and parkland to Jurassic coast and picture box village.

Distance: 6.5 miles
Start and Finish at Kimmeridge Quarry car park.

Things to do in area
SMEDMORE HOUSE

CLAVELLS TOWER

KIMMERIDGE BAY
 (parking £5
CLAVELLS CAFE

Note: this walk starts at a location away from the Main festival hub so transport will be required.

Corfe Castle Industrial Heritage Walk

Industrial heritage doesn’t sound like its going to be stunning, rural and tranquil, but this walk is actually all three as well as being fascinating and informative.

Starting at the Main Hub just outside Corfe Castle (which can be reached via train from Swanage if you are car free) this walk gives an insight into everyday rural life through the centuries and features clay mining, a cartmaker and wheelwright (including some amazing old carts) plus the steam railway. A mix of woodlands, moors and the famous 9 Barrow down with views across Poole harbour and Corfe Castle.

Distance: circa 6 miles
Start Location: Main Festival Hub, Corfe Castle
Car parking: Pay & Display, National Trust Parking nearby

Other things to enjoy in the area:-
Clay Mining Museum at Park n Ride

Old tramways which transported clay to Poole harbour
Steam Train
Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle History Walk

Gentle paced to allow for all the History to sink in, it’s the only way to walk around Corfe Castle which is steeped in history including the murder of a King in the square and Civil war battles that led to the term Turncoat! Learn about the historical buildings, smallest town Hall in England, The Oldest Pub and even the famous Steam Railway. It’s no wonder many of the buildings in this picturesque Village are now in the care of the National Trust. Our local guides will immerse you in Corfe through the ages and how this tiny place was once a significant Royal seat due to its unique geographical location. After the walk you can stay in the Village and make your own way back to the Hub, your next walk or the train to Swanage when you are ready!

Distance: circa 2 miles
Start Location: Main Festival Hub, Corfe Castle
Car parking: Free at the Hub

Other things to enjoy in the area:-
Clay Mining Museum at Park n Ride

Old tramways which transported clay to Poole harbour
Steam Train
Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle to Chapmans Pool Loop

Capture the essence of Purbeck in one walk of just under 8 miles.

This walk leaves the stunning stone village of Corfe Castle or the main festival hub 20 minutes earlier and heads up to the ‘Look out’ via Corfe Common a heathland area where wild horses graze.

From this higher viewpoint the walk descends down quarrymen’s paths towards the coast before heading round towards Chapmans Pool a stunning cove nestled on the Jurassic Coast. From here, the walk follows a tranquil valley back to the Kingston ridge before another descent back into Corfe Castle past a wonderful old Mill.

POINTS OF INTEREST
Chapmans Pool
Kingston Church
Corfe Castle

Purbeck Explorer Long Walk

The ultimate walk for those who love a longer walk on varied mostly level terrain.

Also ideal if you are car free because this walk will enable you to get a real Purbeck experience including chalk ridges, heathland, forest and views across Poole Harbour. There is one climb in the last third of the walk which culminates in a descent with majestic views of Corfe Castle as you return to the HUB.

Distance: 9 miles

POINTS OF INTEREST

Corfe Castle
Rempstone Forest
Ancient Heathland
Poole Harbour

Ulwell & Nine Barrow Downs

A walk that gives you a real feel of the Isle of Purbeck. We begin a gradual ascent onto the ridge that sits between Swanage Bay and Studland Bay a climb is one of the most pleasant ways to get up to the Ancient Barrow which provides breathtaking and expansive views.

Poole Harbour and Studland Bay open up in one direction whilst Swanage Bay and the Isle of Purbeck reveal themselves in the other!

This walk will be at a gentle pace and is a great way to see Purbeck and beyond

DISTANCE circa 4 miles

POINTS OF INTEREST
Swanage bay
Steam Railway

Note: this walk starts at a location away from the Main festival hub so transport will be required.

Brownsea Island

The Magical Brownsea Island sits in the Middle of Poole Harbour and is famous for red squirrels and castle built by Henry the Eighth and of course Baden Powell and the scouting movement.

This walk covers the whole island which as a mix of woodland, unspoilt beaches and other unique habitats. Completely different from anywhere else, this Island is a gem. An entry fee (For non NT members) to the Island plus ferry charges will apply. Our most popular excursion in 2017 – we aim to repeat this walk every day in 2018 although it will remain a relaxed Sunday walk, great if you have tired legs after the Challenges!!

Distance: Circa 4 miles

Points of Interest:
Red Squirrels
Brownsea Castle
Visitor centre and Cafe
Baden Powell
Poole harbour ferry ride
Sandbanks/Millionaires row

Note: this walk starts at a location away from the Main festival hub so transport will be required.- it also involves a Ferry ride.

Victorian Walk and the Waverley (Paddle Steamer)

A Gentle urban history walk that encompasses the Victorian heritage of Swanage. Take in the old Mill pond, Church, Steam railway and the home of George Burt whose mission it was to create a resort from a small seaside town linked to the shipping of Purbeck stone from local quarries which was used to build some of London’s most prized buildings.

This will open up a totally different Swanage and is well worth the gentle pace and occasional road crossing – it rated as high on last years feedback!

At the end enjoy some Oysters on the old Quay or traditional Fish and Chips by the beach Huts!

On Sunday you may be able to take this walk back into Victorian times and perhaps even step aboard the only surviving Paddle Steamer (The Waverley – subject to availability) for a trip along the amazing Jurassic Coastline to Weymouth for lunch!  Note Waverley needs to be booked separately – details at the time of booking walk.

Distance: 1 – 2 miles
Note this is a History trail no poles needed as it is urban and not for those seeking a yomp!

Points of Interest
Swanage
Steam Railway
Waverley Paddle Steamer
Weymouth – famous seaside resort

Wellbeing at the BLUE POOL

Join our wellbeing expert for a gentle mobilising walk around this famous and unique local beauty spot.

The NWUK wellbeing concept combines gentle pole walking with postural, strength and balance exercises in order to improve general health – great even for regular nordic walkers.

The lake in a former chalk pit constantly varies in colour because very fine clay in suspension in the water diffracts light in different ways, producing a spectrum of colour sometimes green sometimes turquoise.

The surrounding 20 acres of heathland and woodland makes it a tranquil visitor attraction that also houses a museum, the Wareham bear collection and a tearoom!

As a special arrangement with NWUK the Blue Pool have offered Purbeck festival goers who book this session entry to the Blue Pool for only £2.50.

Distance: Circa 3 miles plus mobility exercises.

Note: this walk starts at a location away from the Main festival hub so transport will be required

Wake up – Bird and Wildlife Walk – Durlston Country park

Durlston is one of the best places to see Dolphins and other Wildlife plus a point where the Swallows say farewell to the UK as they head for warmer climes (we defy you to not have a tear or two as they do). We will have a mix of routes that take in this award winning country Park which has everything from a Lighthouse to a Victorian Castle (now a Café) plus woodlands, meadows and Clifftop trails.

NWUK have a unique partnership with Durlston and are working together to make it one of the best places in the UK to get Active in the great outdoors

Distance: Circa 1 hour gentle walks to 2 hour explorer trails (plus our Ultimate Nordic workout walks)
Start at Durlston Visitor Centre, Durlston Country Park

Things to do nearby
Durlston Castle Visitor centre

Seventh Wave Café

Swanage town centre

Note: this walk starts at a location away from the Main festival hub so transport will be required.

Jurassic Geology Trails

Join expert David Kemp and local Instructors to explore the creation of the amazing Jurassic coastline.

Another chance to take in the amazing scenery of the Jurassic coast only this time you might get to understand it too! David will explain how the chalk downland became the way it is through geology, erosion, and human influences, and why it’s so important, throwing a spotlight on the last 65 million years!

David will explain the history of the rocks, earth movements and more recent erosion processes which has led to the spectacular scenery we see today. The nature of the coastline does mean these walks contain climbs and descents – mainly via steps but sometimes slippery.

Jurassic Walk Explores White Nothe, Bats Head, Scratchy Bottom and Durdle Door with glimpses of part of the Fossil Forest

Distance approx 6 miles

Things to do nearby:-
Lulworth Visitor Centre

Gift shops, Fish and chips, Ice cream and even a Fresh Fish cabin Plenty of Inns and Cafes

Note: this walk starts at a location away from the Main festival hub so transport will be required.

Hardy Trail

Hardy Trail plus optional visit to his birthplace.

Take a route through Thorncombe Wood from the tranquil cottage where Thomas hardy was born to the churchyard at Stinsford where his heart is buried.

This countryside is steeped with locations that feature in his novels and form his fictional Wessex. A mixed trail that takes in wooded heathland, typical rolling Dorset grazing land and open meadowland. This route can be quite muddy die to the proximity to the river valley and there are a lot of stiles on the route due to the farming activity that makes this iconic Hardy Country!

Optional visit to Hardy’s Cottage and Gardens (National Trust).

Note: this walk starts at a location away from the Main festival hub so transport will be required.

Foraging Walk

Join our foraging expert the aptly named Joe Peartree to learn about the edible delights that can be found on the cliffs and in the woodlands of Purbeck.

Learn simple identification skills and pick up tips on how to use what nature provides…and we don’t just mean blackberries either. Previous trips have resulted in learning how to make a veggie ‘Panacotta’ from seaweed and harvesting razor clams plus coastal fungi. Joe will point out the many uses of plants you will encounter daily on your nordic walks and leave you with a different view off the greenery around you!

These educational walks cover the subjects of sustainable harvesting, the law, equipment required and safety.

Note this is an optional NO POLES walk as you may wish to keep your hands free to pick up goodies.

Distance: Circa 2 miles with lots of stopping Additional cost of £5 (this course normally costs £30 per person)
Location: L5 Durlston Country Park

Note: this walk starts at a location away from the Main festival hub so transport will be required.

Arne Bird Watching & Wildlife Walks

Join us at the RSPB reserve at Arne which sits on the Tidal salt marshes of Poole Harbour and featured on BBC Autumn Watch. NWUK have a unique Partnership with this reserve and it will form a mini hub for the 2018 Festival enabling us to visit areas not usually accessible to the Public,

We have a range of walks starting at the RSPB visitor centre which include the unspoilt secluded beach at Shipstal Point where you can view the tiny Long Island and watch sea birds and Sika Deer feeding along the shoreline.

Another loop takes onto the surrounding Heath Land that is a haven for all kinds of wildlife and provides breathtaking views across the harbour and towards Corfe Castle. Many of these walks are on fairly flat and even terrain.

Distance: 4 Miles
Location: Starts at RSPB Arne

Things to do nearby
RSPB visitor centre and café

Wareham – walled Saxon Town with Quay

Note: this walk starts at a location away from the Main festival hub so transport will be required.

Lawrence of Arabia Trail

Head through the Forest from Moreton tea rooms to Clouds Hill the tiny hideaway cottage of TE Lawrence known as Lawrence of Arabia.

The famous writer died in a motorcycle accident near to his home and famous figures such as Churchill and Lady Astor were present to the funeral in the Village of Moreton which is a stunning Village set on the banks of the river Piddle where there is a huge Ford with a walkway bridge. Here you can visit the stunning Church (check out the Window!) and the tranquil churchyard where Lawrence lies in rest. At the end there is a choice of TWO tea rooms and a walled Garden to explore!

This walk is on flat even terrain and woodland trails which are not too taxing but can get muddy when really wet.

Distance: 6 – 7  miles

Things to do nearby
Moreton tea Rooms

Lawrence of Arabia cemetery
Moreton Walled Gardens

Note: this walk starts at a location away from the Main festival hub so transport will be required.

Magical Nightime Walk with Camp Fire Supper

Join us for a walk with the wildlife in a magical remote location shared by Sika Deer and a host of birds and wildlife. Courtesy of the amazing Arne RSPB nature reserve we have exclusive access to a tranquil mix of beaches, moors and woodland in which to explore as dusk falls. We will make camp by a remote beach as our supper is cooked over the fire as we watch the sunset over Poole harbour. After supper we will head back through the darkness totally at one with the wildlife.

Headtorches will be essential but paths are relatively well managed and trained leaders will be on hand to keep everybody safe.

This walk will only be available on the FRIDAY Evening as part of our Friday Supper series and there will be limited spaces. 

Distance: – 2 – 3  miles depending on conditions underfoot

Things to do nearby:
RSPB visitor centre and café
Wareham – walled Saxon Town with Quay

Note: this walk starts at a location away from the Main festival hub so transport will be required.

Mindful Walk and Workshop

Join our Mindfulness expert for a workshop in which you will learn some basic mindful techniques.

Learn how to switch off the noise of the world and reconnect with your body and nature.

This enlightening workshop culminates with a mindful walk in a stunning location. What better way to put the techniques into practice.

Duration: 1.5  hours
Location: Various locations for 2018

Things to do nearby:
Durlston Castle Visitor centre
Seventh Wave Café

Swanage town centre

Some workshops may be away from Main Hub so transport may be needed.

The World is a Workout! Trek Fit Walk

This session is proof that the world is a workout! Who needs a gym when you are gifted with natural terrain that is guaranteed to provide every element required to build total fitness outdoors in a location where you can look for dolphins and say goodbye to the swallows as they head to warmer climes!

Devised by NWUK Director Gill Stewart who runs a weekly class called Hills and Drills on this circuit, this session has it all speed, balance, intervals, endurance training, technique, strength, flexibility and even mindfulness! NWUK Delivery Partners will put their own take on Gills circuit which provides a myriad of ways to make you work hard!

POINTS OF INTEREST
Durlston Castle
Seventh Wave Restaurant