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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

NEW! Tai Chai on the Lawns (plus garden entry)

Yes, in true Purbeck festival style we have teamed up with the most stunning gardens in Dorset to give you the opportunity to do some Tai Chi as you take in the Lavender walks, wild meadows and stunning formal borders of Holme for Gardens.

Finish with a cuppa courtesy of the Orchard Café before taking time to peruse the farm shop and garden centre.

What a way to end a perfect Purbeck weekend!

* additional charges apply

 

 

 

Sculpture By The Lakes Walk

One for those who love tranquility, art and stunning landscapes.

Sculpture by the Lakes, nestled in 26 acres of Dorset’s glorious countryside, was created by renowned sculptor Simon Gudgeon and his wife, Monique.

The stunning landscaped gardens house over 30 of Simon’s larger works and the gallery houses many of the smaller ones.

We will walk at a gentle pace around the site to drink in the splendour before leaving you to take your time to wander back to the areas that inspired you the most.

There is a wonderful Gallery Café and visitors to the site are limited to ensure complete escapism. We have negotiated a reduced entry price as part of the festival.

Please note this location is approx. 30 minutes away from the Hub.

* additional charges apply

NEW! Purbeck Stone Special including Dinosaur Footprints & a Cuppa

This gentle 3 mile stroll will give you a real insight into the magnificent stone quarrying area of Purbeck. You will see actual Dinosaur footprints from 140 million years ago and visit the Burngate Stone Carving Centre (for tea!).

The walk also includes the preserved remains of an underground working quarry which was closed 80 years ago. We will pass through the idyllic old stone quarrying hamlet of Acton and walk a circular route high up along the coast and past current quarry sites where the layers of stone that define the area are clearly visible.

Following a high coast path there are distant views of the Norman Chapel at St Aldhelm’s Head and the nearby coastguard cottages, the sea to the south and the Purbeck Hills to the north. We will return along the Priest’s Way and a short detour takes us to the site of dinosaur footprints discovered by local quarry man, Kevin Keats in 1996 whilst quarrying for Purbeck stone!

Once back at Burngate you will have the chance to chat to a local quarry man about how stone has defined life in the area for centuries and visit the craft centre.

NEW! Promenade and Prosecco

Finish a busy Saturday with a beach walk and early evening Aperitif (or just the Aperitif if you have just completed the Challenge walks!) Our promenade and Prosecco walk is the perfect way to unwind before heading to the HUB for the main event.

Your Instructor will combine mindfulness and a few gentle exercises to show how the natural environment can improve mind and body.

The walk will finish at a beach cabin where you can enjoy a glass of Prosecco (or a nosecco alternative) as you wind down before a stroll back to the start.

* additional charges apply

NEW! Hub to Hartland Moor

A relatively flat and atmospheric circular loop that really takes in the unique habitat of the Purbeck heathland which houses all of the UK’s rarest species. This wild landscape is steeped in history and the walk takes you on an ancient trailway past bird hides overlooking Poole harbour.

Get a real feel for the diverse Purbeck landscapes that have shaped the area for centuries.

 

 

NEW! Hub to Harmans Cross Shorter Steam Railway Walk

 

This loop will take you out from the hub on a Steam Train to Harmans Cross which sits half way between Corfe and Swanage and boasts its own little station on the Steam railway. This makes it a perfect crossover point with access to both Corfe and Swanage and the walk embraces the railway with lots of chances to see trains as we walk. We will walk back via Afflington Manor and Corfe Common to the Hub.

Great views and a bonus is that this walk does not climb the ridge (like the longer Swanage to Corfe version) but does give you the chance to enjoy a steam train ride from the HUB or even Swanage (inspired eh?)

Note: there is an option to join this walk at Harmans Cross (see schedule). This one way walk is beautiful and although we do have to gently climb out of the valley it’s not steep or arduous and you get great views and a range of terrains.

Can be muddy when wet and grazing cattle are common.

* additional charges apply

NEW! Harmans Cross to HUB one way walk

Great for those who are using public transport because Harmans Cross is accessible via train and bus (it has a car park too). Also great if you fancy walking into the HUB but not along the ridge all the way from Swanage. (Obviously if you drive and park, you need to factor how you get back to Harmans Cross after your day of walking, but it’s a direct train ride back from the HUB.)

This one way walk is beautiful and although we do have to gently climb out of the valley it’s not steep or arduous and you get great views and a range of terrains.

Can be muddy when wet and grazing cattle are common.

* additional charges apply 

 

 

 

Wareham Forest Explorer

To celebrate our Partnership with Forestry England we thought we just had to include a walk in our favourite Forest. Wareham Forest is vast and stunningly beautiful with miles of good gravel tracks that are even underfoot and pass through a unique bog wildlife reserve where Deer roam freely.

This longer route explores the best parts of the Forest and includes great views and the chance to immerse yourself in birdsong

 

 

 

NEW! Heaven’s Gate Gentle Circular Walk

 

We think this local beauty spot is so named because it is literally a view to die for! As we don’t want anybody doing that at Purplebeck, we are taking the gentle route through the private Encombe Estate out to the viewpoint and back.

On a clear day you can see as far as Portland and marvel at the giant Flowers Barrow hill which features on more energetic walks. Some field tracks, a bit of country road but no steep hills or styles and no striding out!

Just the best of Purbeck views and great company.

 

NEW! Bracing Beach Blast!

Explore one of the most amazing beaches in the UK from end to end. This walk encompasses the final section of the South West coast path along the most amazing stretch of sandy unspoilt beach in the UK. This expanse of sand starts at the Studland Ferry (opposite the exclusive Sandbanks) and curves round towards Studland Village. Flanked by wild dunes and an inland freshwater lake known as the little Sea it is wild and stunning.

We will take it all in (apart from the nudist section!) and walk on sand and dunes towards knoll beach which is the first of three popular bathing spots with beach huts and a NT centre.

There is soft sand and undulating dunes on the walk and it can be exposed and windy.

 

 

 

NEW! GRANGE ARCH SPECTACULAR

NEW for 2019 another walk with a view! This walk captures views across Poole harbour and out towards Portland as well as the lush valleys of Purbeck. Discover a secret Arch with a view to the old Manor House below and traverse ancient routes which take in a beautiful typical Dorset Village with one of the oldest churches in the area.

This walk is basically 5 miles of perfectly formed Purbeck landscapes including chalk ridges, rolling pastures and total tranquillity.

Mainly on level open terrain, the walk has one steady climb but is mainly on good paths with a couple of stiles.

NEW! Jerk Shack Caribbean Supper Walk

Another first for the Purbeck Festival! Let us transport you to Kingston for an authentic Jerk Shack experience of delicious food cooked over oil drums and served with a good dose of reggae music. OK, so it’s the Village of Kingston in Purbeck and not Jamaica but your host Nicky does hail from the latter and her legendary fare even featured on BBC Countryfile.

The menu includes Jerk chicken, Rice and Peas, Patties and all the usual Caribbean favourites which you can enjoy with Mango Juice or lovely local Ciders.

To top it all the Jerk Shack enjoys some of the finest views over Corfe Castle so there’s no better way to end a stunning walk along the coast path. This supper will be available to book separately from the walk too.

* additional charges apply

NEW! Bushtucker Trail

Go wild and join our Purbeck Partners Land and Wave for a 2 hour adventure in the woods with knowledgeable Bushcraft Instructors!

Walk to our secret woodland glade, learn how to make fire using natural methods and use it to toast marshmallows as the tea brews under tarpaulin shelters. Then try your hand at some other survival skills like archery or axe throwing before heading back to the hub via a flat short walk.

This activity will be available on Sunday 15th only and it will be an ideal way to end your festival experience for those with tired legs after a weekend of walking.

* additional charges apply

NEW! St Aldhelms Coastguard Cuppa!

A breathtaking and informative walk that takes in Chapmans Pool, St Aldhems Head and its remote 12th Century Chapel plus a visit to the Coastguard station where the volunteers will show you how they keep watch over the treacherous seas below. In our tradition of supporting local organisations we have made a donation in return for this and a refreshing cuppa too!

This walk does have one section with a steep drop into a cliff side gully with over 100 stone steps and a similar climb back up the other side! However, it’s part of the SW coastal path so whilst challenging is well trodden and well worth it!

NEW! Alpaca Experience Walk with optional cream tea

Enjoy a stunning woodland walk at a pace dictated by the characterful Alpacas from Longthorns Farm (a true Purbeck gem).

This walk is pole free because you will learn how to handle an Alpaca and experience how they love to trek through a variety of terrain with their gentle calming manner.

Truly relaxing, educational and with a massive aaah factor – we just know this will be a Purplebeck favourite in years to come! 

50 minute walk – varied pace on slightly uneven terrain.

Please note that this walk is approx. 30 minutes from the Hub.

* additional charges apply

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.

* additional charges apply

NEW! Friday Fit n Chips supper night!

Oh yes! Swanage is famous for its delicious Fish and Chips and it’s also famous for our Hills and Drills sessions on the downs above the Pier!

So we thought why not combine the two and lessen the impact of the chippy calories by having a fun workout walk first? Lots of fun nordic style exercises that work the whole body and include balance, toning, strength and CV.

Meet your Instructor by the Pier and enjoy a 1 hour fun workout with the most amazing cliff top views before heading back down to enjoy a Fish n Chip supper on the seafront – go on you know you want to!

* additional charges apply

NEW! 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.

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.

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

* additional charges apply

FOSSIL WALK with optional visit to the Fossil Museum

Steve Etches is a renowned fossil collector and his collection fills the new Fossil museum in Kimmeridge which 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 The Etches Collection. In this walk.

We will lead you down to the cove where he has found most of his unique specimens to explore the geology that makes this area so unique . You can take time to visit the museum too (additional cost)

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. 

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.

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: 4 miles
Start and Finish at the HUB

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

Clavell Tower Walk

For those who like a longer brisk walk that is a bit more challenging but well worth it!  

This stunning walk that drops down to just above the bay after a walk through this pretty village which boasts a fossil museum, popular eaterie and plenty of thatched cottages with roses around the doors! This gentle start is immediately rewarded with a steep climb up some steps to the iconic Clavells Tower which was famously moved away from the coast by the Landmark Trust to avoid it slipping into the sea.

The route then heads along the Coast path to rope lake head where it turns inland across fields towards Swyre Head where a gentle but long climb finishes with a steep section which is tricky in places.

Once at the top you are rewarded with views in both directions and a level gravel path that drops steeply back to the start point.

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

Corfe Castle Breakfast Walk

A gentle walk around Corfe Castle that does not include any hills and rewards you with an optional breakfast in a local hostelry.

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. 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

* additional charges apply

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 a local hostelry.

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.

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

* additional charges apply

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 Walk

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

From Knoll House Hotel this 2 hour walk takes us across Studland Heath, with views of the Agglestone and Poole Harbour and the Purbeck Hills.

Park in Knoll House Hotel Car Park  BH19 3AH. This is a private car park and you will be provided with a pass for display on the windscreen for the duration of the walk.

This is the hotel in which Enid Blyton wrote her tales of the famous five, and you can view lots of historic photographs in the hotel where she stayed in room 40! The former 1930’s Summer retreat sits overlooking Studland Bay and has retained it’s period charm.

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: L15
Start and Finish at the Bankes Arms Car Park, Studland – 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 Smugglers Loop

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 – honest box £2.

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: L14
Start at Kingston / Houns Tout Car Park

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 (Gadd 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 from the Village,past the old farmyard and down to Worbarow 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

Tyneham Ridge with a View Walk
A walk which maximises the stunning views from the ridge but without the steep climb!

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 is 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.

Swanage to Corfe (return by Steam Train)

Leave Ulwell in Swanage and climb up to Ballard Down where expansive views of Studland Bay reward you for the effort!
This walk is like walking along the spine of Purbeck with far reaching views across the harbour to Poole as well as to the Castle and beyond.

The walk continues along the ridge undulating with the natural chalk formations until the path eventually descends into Corfe Castle where you can watch the Steam trains come and go from the old Victorian Station.

This is a one way only route so you will need to catch the steam train back to Swanage (or a bus) after taking some time to explore the Castle, Village, National Trust shop and several tea rooms of course! A fairly gentle walk with one moderate climb.

There is limited car parking at Ulwell on busy days and toilets are at the discretion of the Caravan Site café who would like you to have a cup of tea whilst there! Also if you return by train you would need to get a bus back (or walk) to get your car!

You can walk from central Swanage to Ulwell, please allow 20 mins.

Distance: 5 miles
Map Location: L10

Train Tickets £8.00 or combined with the Model Village £17.00 – we advise you buy these on arrival in Corfe.

Other things to enjoy in the area:-
SWANAGE RAILWAY

CORFE CASTLE

CORFE CASTLE MODEL VILLAGE

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. Undoubtedly the best views from all directions on this walk which is the only one on our programme that covers the Corfe ridge and the Coastal paths.

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

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 Meet near Roman Columns

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.

Castle, Carts and Clay Longer History Walk

Stunning, rural and tranquil, 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 Nine Barrow Down with views across Poole Harbour and Corfe Castle.

Distance: circa 6 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 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 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.

Bring plenty of water and a snack to eat when we stop to view the pool from the track above.

There are livestock grazing on this route and it can get muddy in places. There are 3 stiles, stony paths and two gradual climbs – see the elevation profile.

Distance: 8 miles
Location: L13 Festival Hub

POINTS OF INTEREST
Chapmans Pool
Kingston Church
Corfe Castle

Swanage to Ballard Down Loop

Providing  5 miles of invigorating walking we take the South West Coast Path up to reach Ballard Down.

The climb is rewarded with panoramic views across the sea to the Isle of Wight, Old Harry, Poole Harbour and the heathlands of Studland ,Rempstone and Godlingstone.

The descent to Swanage provides the best views across the bay and the town, with Peveril Downs beyond.

POINTS OF INTEREST
Swanage bay
Steam Railway

 

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 2019 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.

* additional charges apply

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

Swanage Victoriana History Walk

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, why not enjoy some Oysters on the old Quay or traditional Fish and Chips by the beach huts!.

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

Lulworth Geology Walk

Join local Instructors to explore the creation of the amazing Jurassic coastline.

Another chance to take in the amazing scenery of the Jurassic coast.

The nature of the coastline does mean these walks contain climbs and descents – mainly via steps but sometimes slippery.

 This 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

Please note that this walk is approx. 30 minutes from the Hub.

Durlston Coastal Loop

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.

Foraging Walk

Join our foraging expert 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. Your expert 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. There will be an additional cost for this walk.
Location: L13 Hub.

* additional charges apply

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 due 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).

Please note that this walk is approx. 30 minutes from the Hub.

Lawrence of Arabia Trail

Head through the Forest 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 tiny home and famous figures such as Churchill and Lady Astor were present at his funeral in the Village of Moreton.

This walk is on flat even terrain and woodland trails which are not too taxing but can get muddy when really wet. There is a stunning ford with a long walkway bridge over a wide chalk stream that enables you to cross into the forest where the paths are a mix of gravel and woodland trails. This walk immerses you in the landscape this famous figure loved and the fascinating village is packed with memorabilia – even the tea room is filled with photos and stories.

At the end there is a choice of TWO tea rooms and a walled Garden to explore!

Distance: 6 – 7  miles

Things to do nearby
Moreton tea Rooms

Lawrence of Arabia cemetery
Moreton Walled Gardens

Please note that this walk is approx. 30 minutes from the Hub.

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.

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.

* additional charges apply

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