Nearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
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London Waterloo, Weymouth
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This circular walk shows off all that’s great about England’s Jurassic Coast – visiting the famous Old Harry Rocks chalk stacks and golden sands of Studland Bay.
Carpark: National Trust car park – SW Coast Path, Swanage BH19 3AH
You can make this route as long or short as you like. Starting from Studland you can simply make the short stroll along the coast to Old Harry Rocks and back; Read more ...
or take in the entire 10-mile circular route that leads to the north around Studland Bay, crossing golden sandy beaches and exploring internationally important heathlands.
On a fine summer day you’ll see butterflies flitting and bees buzzing among the wildflowers, and in autumn the coastline comes alive with migrating birds on the move across the water. On a fine day you’ll get views across to The Needles and the Isle of Wight, along the ancient Dorset coastline and inland over the Purbeck countryside. It’s a wonderful place.
This route was voted 19th in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: Everything that’s great about England’s Jurassic coast wrapped up in one circular walk – great views, great beaches, great wildlife and iconic landmarks.