A few of our favourite winter walks .
Purbeck is a really wonderful place to get out and about all year long with some very beautiful scenery, that is made more dramatic, by the cold winter weather. We have decided to write up a few of our favourite winter walks, all complete with lovely country pubs with log fires so you can warm up over a spot of lunch and some stunning panoramic views, perfect for budding photographers.
1) Swanage to Studland. This is one of my personal favourite walks, perfect on a dry winters day with spectacular views over Poole bay right over to Bournemouth. The walk takes you right past the famous old Harry rocks, it should take around an hour and ten minutes covering 2.9 miles. However, walkers should be prepared for the steep steps coming out of Swanage.
Starting your walk from Swanage town centre, walk down Swanage beach until you reach some rough steps, they will take you to the start of the South West Coastal Path, now follow the coastal path in the direction of Studland. When you reach the top of the hill you will be met by superb views over Swanage Bay straight over to Poole and Bournemouth, this is a great place to stop and take a photo. Following the path still in the direction of Studland, you will be taken right past the famous landmark Old Harry Rocks. You will next come to a small wooded area that is a great place to stop and have a look at the views. When you reach Studland there is a lovely country pub perfect for a couple of drinks and a spot of lunch. There is also the opportunity to catch a bus back from Studland that stops directly outside the Castleton .
2) Walking to Corfe Castle should take approximately two hours, forty five minutes. Starting your walk at the Castleton hotel it is a 5 minute walk up to Ulwell where your walk begins; taking the path in the direction of Corfe you will walk up a steep hill. When you reach the top it is a flat walk for around two hours straight over Godlingston Hill and Brenscombe Hill. Following the path you will also pass along Nine Barrow Down, enjoying fantastic views across the Purbeck countryside. As you reach the end of the path you will see historic Corfe Castle in the distance, this is a great place to stop and take some photos before you follow the path down to Corfe itself. When you reach Corfe there is the option of a cream tea in the National Trust cafe or a pub lunch at the Grey Hound pub. There is also the option of taking Swanages famous steam railway home.
3) Swanage to Worth Matravers, this beautiful walk takes you along Purbeck Jurassic cliff tops with views of Dancing Ledge and Seacombe Cove. The walk should take around one and a half hours.
Starting your walk at Swanage Pier follow the signs up to Durlston Coutry Park where you will join the coastal path. Whilst you are in the area be sure to look out for dolphins which are often spotted in the bay. When you reach the light house start following the signs to Worth Matravers and Dancing Ledge. When you reach Dancing Ledge there is a chance to walk down to the famous swimming pool carved into the stone. Continuing to follow the signs to Worth Matravers, you will come across a stile, this takes you down to Seacombe Cove, don’t miss out on the opportunity to have a look at the beautiful cave hidden in the secret cove. When you reach Worth Matravers there is the opportunity to have a pasty and a pint in the iconic Square and Compass pub.