Specialist Walks

Specialist Walks around the Isle of Purbeck

These themed walks are more specialist and may require specific expert leaders or permissions – as we confirm these we will add to the walk descriptions below. They will all be confirmed when the schedules are sent out for booking. Those that have limited spaces will be made available in order of festival booking date.

Rangers wake up – bird and wildlife walk – Durlston Country park

This part of the South Coast is where our beloved Swifts and Swallows say goodbye to these shores every Autumn.

Durlston is one of the best places to see them leave and the mornings are the best time to do this. Every morning the Park Rangers do a circuit of the park as they keep an eye on the wildlife and changing habitat – they have invited us to join them each day to hopefully catch a glimpse of our feathered friends as they head off for their winter sun – we defy you to not have a tear or two as they do.

The knowledgeable rangers will also provide a unique insight into the diversity and management of the exceptional area that is teeming with rare flowers and wildlife. Note – this will be at the Rangers pace and is likely to change according to what they discover on the day!

Circa 1 hour walk, mileage to vary according to what wildlife is spotted.

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.

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! The walk includes entry to the Blue Pool (usually £6 and a drink) too!

Start and Finish at Blue pool Car park – voucher will be supplied for parking entry and the drink!

Circa 3 miles plus mobility exercises

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.

Jurassic Geology Trails

Join local expert David Kemp 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 1
Explores Durdle Door and White Nothe and much of the amazing coastal path which is steep in places.
Circa 6 miles

Jurassic walk 2
Explores The Cove, Mupe Bay, Bindon Hill and the Fossil Forest.
Circa: 5 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.

Arne Bird Watching & Wildlife Walk

Join us at the RSPB reserve at Arne which sits on the Tidal salt marshes of Poole Harbour.

Starting at the RSPB visitor centre this walk takes you to 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. This walk is fairly flat and on even terrain.

Distance: 4 Miles
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.

Headtorches will be essential but paths are relatively well managed and trained leaders will be on hand to keep everybody safe. We will finish the walks with a wonderful camp fire supper.

This walk will only be available on the FRIDAY

Foraging Walk

Join our foraging expert to learn about the edible delights that can be found on Coastline 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.

These educational walks cover the subjects of sustainable harvesting, the law, equipment required and safety. There is also the chance to try some of the food and drink that can be made from the seashore harvest.

Note this is a NO POLES walk as you will need your hands free to pick up goodies and to keep yourself steady on rocks etc. Shoes may get wet too!

Circa 2- 3 miles with lots of stopping
Additional cost of £10 (this course normally cost £45 per person)

Location start may vary but will be within 5 miles from hub – full details will be given to those who book

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

Distance: 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.

Mindful Walk and Workshop

Join our Mindfulness expert Jason Feavers for an indoor workshop in which he will teach some basic mindful techniques.

Learn how to switch off the noise of the world and re connect 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: 5 hours
Location: D
Meet at the Durlston Country Park visitor centre (not the Castle)

Things to do nearby
Durlston Castle Visitor centre
Seventh Wave Café
Swanage town centre

The Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival 2017

15th, 16th and 17th September 2017
Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival and Purbeck Nordic Marathon


Click Here to Register for the 2017 Festival