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Top 5 things to look out for on Old Harry Rocks walk

One of the final (or first) sections of the South West Coast Path ties in with this popular National Trust walk close to Old Harry Rocks. Following the coastline between Ballard Point and South Beach it offers its visitors breathtaking views along the Jurassic Coast and the chance to enjoy an abundance of wildlife, flowers and fauna.

The full National Trust ‘Old Harry Rocks’ walk starts and ends at South Beach car park and is a gentle walk that has one steady climb up Ballard Down.

 During the coastline section of this walk there is so much to take in and enjoy, here are our Top 5 things to look out for during your walk.

  1. Old Harry Rocks - one of Dorset’s most famous landmarks the rock formations known as Old Harry and the remains of Old Harry’s wife have been carved by the action of the waves.

  2. Panoramic views of the Jurassic Coast - on a clear day enjoy panoramic views of the Jurassic Coast, across Poole Bay to Bournemouth, Hengistbury Head and the Isle of Wight.

  3. Wildlife - keep your eyes peeled and see if you can spot a peregrine falcon circling overhead or a backed gull roosting on the stacks or, flying on the up-drafts of wind along the cliff tops.

  4. Flowers and Fauna - take a look in the short grass to see if you can spot chalk grassland flowers – you’ll need to get on your hands and knees to really enjoy them.

  5. The Pinnacles - as you approach Ballard Point don’t forget to look back and take in the view of The Pinnacles another beautiful rock formation formed by the waves.

Discover more about the National Trust Old Harry Rocks walk or sign up to take part in the 10-mile South West Coast Path Challenge walk from Durlston Castle to South Haven Point on Saturday 29th October to help support the Association and raise funds to protect the Coast Path.

The Old Harry Rocks walk forms part of the Worth Matravers to South Haven Point section of the South West Coast Path.

Pictured above: Old Harry Rocks by Ian Alcock

Published on: June 28, 2016