Swanage is a traditional seaside town on the Isle of Purbeck.
It serves as the eastern gateway to the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rich in culture and geological history, the town captivates thousands of tourists each year because of its natural wonders, including the white cliffs near Old Harry Rocks and the majestic Corfe Castle. And the best way to explore these different destinations is by taking on local walks.
Worth Matravers to Chapman’s Pool
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to take on a long walk around a stunning coastline, then you’ll soon find an answer by walking from Worth Matravers to Chapman’s Pool. The path gives you an excellent view of the limestone coastline, its hidden caves, and the towering cliffs carved over millions of years.
Corfe Castle to Swanage
Corfe Castle should be on your must-visit list. The ancient ruins stand tall on top of the hill where you can see a breathtaking view of the entire Corfe Castle village. You can take a long walk to the seaside town of Swanage and enjoy the spectacular views along the way. You also have the option of riding the Swanage Railway if you want to experience what it’s like to hop onto a steam train. But for those who are fit enough, nothing compares to walking along the trails that have been used by humans since ancient times. Swanage News also reports that dinosaur footprints have been found in these tracks.
Dancing Ledge and Langton Matravers
If you want to see lush grasslands filled with blossoming flowers, then this is the perfect route to go for a long walk. The hay meadows offer a not-so-ordinary view as you take a stroll in one of Purbeck’s ancient lanes. You’ll see steep cliffs that have been hollowed out due to quarrying of the local Purbeck limestone.
St. Aldhelm’s Chapel
For a more leisurely stroll, head over to St. Aldhelm’s Chapel. This thirteenth-century chapel sits on top of a headland, giving you even more sightseeing options. The coastal views are always a treat, but you’ll also find the chapel’s history both moving and engaging. The chapel was named after St. Aldhelm, the Bishop of Sherborne in the seventh-century who was known for singing sermons to attract churchgoers.
Studland village to Old Harry Rocks
You’ve probably heard of Old Harry Rocks and why they’re so popular. The chalk cliffs seem to sprout from the sea and look over the entire Isle of Purbeck. This path takes you on a moderate stroll with a few climbs and descents. You’ll get a perfect view of Swanage from the top of the cliffs. For the daring, you can go up to the edge of the cliff and see just how high you are from sea level. On the other side, you’ll see Wareham and Bournemouth.