Between 17th and 25th September there are two or three walks every day with a variety of themes from photography to wildlife and history and many more.  For those who want to get fit – through beautiful Purbeck countryside and Dorset clifftops, there are walks for all abilities. More details can be found on the walkswanage website.

The Dorset coastal walking is spectacular. From a stroll along the beach in beautiful Victorian Swanage to a serious hike along the South West Coast Path and the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival is truly special too. But walking in Dorset hinterland is extraordinary too – wonderful heathland, walking through designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest, with the added attraction of sea glimpses wherever you turn.

This tranquil area of Dorset is home to many rare species of birds, wildflowers, butterflies and reptiles. Walks take in the wildlife paradise of Durlston Country Park, heathland at Studland, limestone cliffs along the coast and the RSPB reserve at Arne.

Walking in Dorset

Purbeck offers something for everyone and our walks have been designed to show as much of the area as possible. Some include a pub lunch in a typical Dorset village and others a ride home on the steam train .

The area is steeped in Dorset history, the Civil War ruin of Corfe Castle, the evacuated village at Tyneham and, of course, the unique geology of the area. This year we have three walks with a ‘War’ theme commemorating both World Wars, a new ‘Family Bug’ walk, quarrying, shipwrecks, smuggling, fossils, literature, art, photography and ghost stories. Really a walk for everyone.

Purbeck Stone has been quarried for generations and evidence of the industry can be seen all around you. Blasted caves on the coast, machinery on the cliffs and the architectural gems of Swanage attest to the area’s quarrying legacy, which still continues today.

Accommodation is plentiful and varied. Choose from a wide selection of hotels, guest houses, B&B’s, pubs, rural farmhouses, caravan and camping sites.

After your walk, whether you fancy a cream tea, fish and chips, a bar meal or fine dining, you will find what suits you.

We look forward to welcoming you to this unspoilt and often overlooked part of the country. Enjoy all it has to offer and make walking in Dorset a must for you in 2016.

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