The Jurassic Coast
The stretch of coast between Lyme Regis to the West and Studland to the East is known as ‘The Jurassic Coast’, and has been designated World Heritage Status. Its wealth of Geology, unspoilt beaches bays and cliffs, and mixture of scientific and amenity interest can be explored from various locations, with various interpretation and information resources at Studland, Swanage etc. With its pristine beaches, unspoilt heaths and breathtaking coastal paths the area keeps visitors returning to the area year after year… Foe more info about the coast in general please visit The Jurassic Coast Trust website
The beaches around Swanage and Studland are some of the finest in the country, and are Blue Flag award winners.
Much of Studland is owned by the National Trust, and they operate several car parks giving access to the beaches at Studland Bay.
There are many bridle ways and quiet roads suitable for family cycling on around Swanage, Studland & Purbeck. The area is also fantastic for more adventurous rides, as well as longer treks across Purbeck.
Dorset Cyclists’ Network is the main body representing cyclists in the county and is campaigning for a “cycle-friendly Dorset.” Some DCN branches welcome members and visitors for cycle rides, usually at a gentle pace and lasting around 2 to 4 hours, and can give advice on where to ride and cycle shops.
The Isle of Purbeck Golf Course has 18 holes and is a short drive down the Corfe – Studland road.
Links: Isle of Purbeck Golf Club
Studland Riding Stables is situated at the North end of Studland on Ferry Road, and offers various riding experiences from exhilarating beach rides to 5 hour hacks across to Corfe.
Studland and its surroundings are teeming with all kinds of wildlife and natural interest. The RSPB has its flagship reserve at Arne, and Studland itself contains several designated sites. For bird lovers the area is a haven, with Poole harbour an important location.
The landscape consists of many rare and important habitats such as heath and chalk downs, as well as important marine environments and centers, and any nature lovers will be richly rewarded on their visit to this area.
For a nostalgic trip through Purbeck, take the Steam Train from Swanage to Corfe. Rebuilt and staffed by volunteers, the Swanage Railway runs through the summer and has a restaurant car for a unique dining experience. Or get your kids down on one of their “Thomas” days…
Links: Swanage Railway
A very popular seaside resort with great award winning beaches, country parks, loads of pubs….
The Swanage event diary is full of music fesivals, fetes, a carnival – there’s bound to be something happening during your visit. Hereare some ideas:
The whole of Purbeck is a fantastic place to discover by foot, with many footpaths and bridleways to explore.
You can walk up from South Beach to Ballard Down (for a view of Old Harry and Swanage), following the old Smuggler path, take a longer walk along the South West Coast Path towards Weymouth, or strike inland towards Godlingstone Heath.