Walking

A natural wander

A summer stroll or winter ramble. A walk in the Purbecks is a natural wander – and a natural wonder.

Burnbake lies at the heart of some of the most spectacular walks in the country, miles and miles of them in the surrounding forests and lowland heath.
With towering sea cliffs, rolling hills, nature reserves, dunes and sandy beaches, the Isle of Purbeck has an amazing variety of landscapes and some awe-inspiring views along its 37 miles of paths and bridleways.

Here are three of the best directly from Burnbake. (Maps available in Reception).

Studland Beach From reception, heading east through the woodland and crossing a narrow stream (via the bridge) you come out on to a vista across to Poole Harbour and the miles of Studland beach. The beach is a short walk from here. During the summer there is plenty to do with windsurfing, sailing and pedalos for hire.

Old Harry Rocks Setting off in a more south easterly direction, this lovely walk ends up on Old Harry. It’s quite a walk but Andy’s shop and the Bankes Arms at Studland provide refreshment. The views make it well worthwhile.

Corfe Castle The most impressive route to Corfe from Burnbake is via Challow Hill walking along the top until you see the beautiful village and its mighty castle ahead.

For a vast collection of routes, maps and trails visit www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/walking/purbeck

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