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National Trust’s Old Harry Rocks Walk

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National Trust Old Harry Rocks
Experience amazing views of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast and its unique rock formations on this National Trust walk to Old Harry Rocks. You could also take the opportunity to visit Studland’s famous beach and nature reserve.

Setting out from Studland village, the walk to Old Harry Rocks picks up the South West Coast Path. The sea has created an unusually wavy cliff edge here as well as the awe-inspiring chalk stacks that stand around the headland, of which Old Harry is the furthest one.

These rocks are one of the most famous landmarks along this stretch of fossil-rich World Heritage Site coast. There’s living nature too, Peregrine falcons can sometimes be seen here and in summer months the short turf is covered with chalk grassland flowers.

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The first part of the walk from the car park is flat and then becomes gently inclined as the path curves around the cliffs. Be sure to keep to the path and well away from the cliff edge at all times.

At a crossing of paths towards the top, the right turn is your way back to Studland. Just before there’s a stone bench marked ‘rest and be thankful’ where you could take your fill of vast ocean views before returning across lovely Purbeck countryside.

Carpark: South Beach car park, Studland, Dorset

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Swanage, Bournemouth

Local Information

Read the Countryside Code before venturing out
Make sure to take a map and compass, and know how to use them before going into our National Parks #BeAdventureSmart

Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".