Here, at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast, the white chalk of Old Harry Rocks gleams brightly in the sun. Passing boats and walkers stop to soak up the view.
This tranquil stretch of English downland records, in its chalk bedrock, the closing chapters of the story of the Jurassic Coast.
The Jurassic Coast Trust's Dr Anjana Khatwa Ford presents the Top 5 Facts about Old Harry Rocks
Old Harry Rocks can be seen up close on foot by walking from either Studland or Swanage across Ballard Down, a gorgeous chalk grassland that offers spectacular views across the Jurassic Coast.
Further south from Old Harry Rocks along the South West Coast Path is the charming coastal town of Swanage, and beyond that Durlston Country Park and Dancing Ledge.
To see Old Harry Rocks from the sea, as well as Swanage and other iconic Dorset landmarks, book a Jurassic Coast cruise with City Cruises Poole.
The Jurassic Coast Trust run an annual fundraising cruise with City Cruises Poole in May each year, featuring fish and chips, expert commentary from our local Ambassadors, and gorgeous sunset views of the Jurassic Coast. Visit our online shop for details of our next event.
Food & Drink
The National Trust’s Knoll Beach Cafe at Studland Bay overlooks Old Harry Rocks and offers refreshment after a day’s walking.