Corfe Castle to Studland Bay

Submitted by Timwoods on 21 May 2010
OS Explorer Map: OL15 - Purbeck and South Dorset
(7 votes)
A linear, full-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in England starting at Corfe Castle, Dorset, about 20.7km (roughly 12.8 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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I think Dorset is one of my favourite places to go walking. The coastline is varied with lots of natural features - geographers always love it - and the interior is a mass of rolling hills and perfect farmland. This walk also takes in one of the historical attractions - Corfe Castle - before following the Purbeck Hills to Studland Bay, perhaps the finest beach on the South Coast. Buses from Swanage serve both Corfe and Studland.
Start: Corfe Castle, OS Grid: SY961822
End: Studland, OS Grid: SZ034825
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 329m (1082ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 663m (2175ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 333m (1093ft)
Max. Elevation: 200m (656ft)

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OS Grid: SY961821
Start in the village of Corfe Castle. This is a bustling spot, as tourists flock to admire the distinctive hilltop ruins, and no doubt the National Trust tearooms too. Just opposite the castle, a path leads past Challow Hill.
About 0.5 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SY965823
This is where I took my first ever girlfriend (aged 14) for a picnic. It's a beautiful spot but failed to have the romantic effect, as she soon went off after the school stud. Don't let that put you off; it's still lovely.
About 0.8 km (roughly 0.5 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SY974821
The Purbeck Way climbs up onto Rollington Hill, and from here you have a glorious hilltop walk towards the sea. Glorious in good weather, at least.
About 3.4 km (roughly 2.1 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SZ006811
Carry on to Nine Barrow Down - named after the nine burial mounds (barrows) along its length. Follow the Purbeck Way down to Round Down.
About 1.8 km (roughly 1.1 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SZ024811
Climb up the other side of the dip at Ulwell onto Ballard Down. The sea is now tantalisingly close!
About 2.3 km (roughly 1.4 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SZ047814
Continue to Ballard Point and views across to the Isle of Wight.
About 0.9 km (roughly 0.6 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SZ052822
Follow the path that heads downhill to another famous Dorset landmark - Old Harry Rocks. These chalk stacks are all that remains of a landbridge that once connected Purbeck with the Isle of Wight. Now that would have been some walk!
About 1.5 km (roughly 0.9 miles) from 7 OS Grid: SZ037826
Studland Village is just north of the rocks. Here you have three options; catch the bus back to Swanage, exlore Studland Heath, or strip off and join the nudists on the beach!
About 3.2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 8 OS Grid: SZ039859
The optional extra around Studland Heath is well worth it, unless you are desperate to get naked. It's a 7km circular around the sand dunes and heathland - the only place you can see all of England's reptile species, although a fire in 2009 had a major impact on the wildlife here.
About 2.4 km (roughly 1.5 miles) from 9 OS Grid: SZ022843
Follow the bridleway back to Studland via Greenlands Farm.
About 2 km (roughly 1.2 miles) from 10 OS Grid: SZ035828
Return to Studland for a well-earned ice cream or pint in the Bankes Arms. Perfect! You have to wear clothes, though ...
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