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 3 mile 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.
The high number of repeat visitors is testament to the charm of this site, which has 130 pitches, close to the sandy delights of the beaches at Studland Bay, a short drive away and the proximity of excellent cycle paths means it is worth bringing children's bikes. Corfe Castle and Swanage are just six miles away. Facilities include showers, washing machines, baby-changing facilities and a small shop stocking camping and cooking equipment.
Burnbake - Corfe Castle, Dorset
Burnbake is devoted to good, old-fashioned fun. The big draw is the woods that surround the site, where children often disappear for hours on end, discovering the joys of swinging on ropes and building dens.
Top-of-primary kids in particular have a ball here, living a Swallows and Amazons existence while you chill out round your campfire (off-the- ground fires only), beer in hand.
There's an excellent shop on site and a yurt pizza outlet in high season all of you will relish. The beautiful three-mile-long beach at Studland Bay is close at hand, and Swanage has lots of old-fashioned seaside activities including putting, tennis and bowls, and a couple of great fish-and-chip shops.
Burnbake Camping Site, Dorset
The vibe: Full-on family escapades.
Highlights: This is the camp for those with children who enjoy fresh-air and mud. It sits snugly in a forest, beside a stream. Bring your bikes for family jaunts on the many cycle paths; likewise, buckets and spades for the nearby Blue Flag beaches in Swanage and Studland. The South-West coast path is close, as is beautiful Corfe Castle.
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