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Aggleston Rock & Ballard Down Walk, Dorset

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Walk Details

We’re starting our walk at South Beach car park, close to the Bankes Arms in Studland Village. From here we walk northwards towards Ferry Road where we turn right and then take the next left along Wadmore Lane. We continue in a westward direction until the flat road starts to climb upwards. Here we find ourselves walking in a south westerly direction, heading up the hill towards Aggleston.

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We keep heading in the same direction until we reach a main road, the B3351. Here we turn left, as if going back towards Studland Village but then immediately take a right turn as we head downhill, southwards until we hit the Swanage Road. Here we left and then take a right up towards Ballard Down.

It’s a steepish hill up to the top – but the view is worth every step! From here you can see out across Bournemouth Bay, Swanage town and, on a clear day, across to the Isle of Wight.

Whilst our walk cuts down part way along the ridge, if you wish to extend your walk you could continue to the cliff top and head down towards the famous chalk stacks of Old Harry. Otherwise, head down the hill and back into Studland Village, back to where we started.

Carpark: South Beach Car Park, Studland Village.

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Poole, Wareham

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".