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.

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.

A relaxed Sunday walk, great if you have tired legs!

Distance: tbc

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.

Tolpuddle March

One of our shorter history walks that takes you back to Dorset in the 1830s when political unrest and workers’ rights led to 6 men from this tiny village being sent to the colonies for starting what we know as trade unions today.

This walk takes in the Village, the Sycamore Tree where they first met and other landmarks.

After the walk you can visit the museum (where you can take an audio trail back in time as you stroll around the Village) and or the Pub.

Points of Interest:-
Tolpuddle Museum
Audio tour of the Village

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

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.

Take this walk back into Victorian times and the step aboard the only surviving Paddle Steamer (The Waverley) for a trip along the amazing Jurassic Coastline to Weymouth for lunch!

The Waverley is a rare treat indeed and it just happens to be in town on the final day of our festival. Note Waverley needs to be booked separately – details at the time of booking walk.

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 and a hot drink in their lovely tearoom for only £2.50.

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 them leave and the mornings are the best time to do this. Join us 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. Enjoy the mix of woodland, dramatic coastal paths plus unspoilt meadows with views over the lighthouse and beyond.

Circa 1 hour circular 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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: 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

 

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