Walk - Studland Village to Old Harry
3.9 miles (6.2 km)
South Beach Car Park, Studland - BH19 3AE South Beach Car Park, Studland
Moderate - Generally flat and easy, but near the start there is a short section where the path surface is uneven and there is a slight incline. There are some long but gentle climbs and descents.
A moderate stroll, with some long but gentle climbs and descents, around the spectacular chalk stacks off Handfast Point at Studland. The same sea that carved the soft rock into caves and arches also polished the vertical cliffs to a dazzling white and there are far-ranging views over Swanage in one direction and Wareham and Bournemouth in the other. This is a particularly good walk on a fine spring day, when the vast area of blue sea shimmers under the bright sky and newly-awakened butterflies and bees browse in a rich variety of early wildflowers. Also good in autumn, when migrant birds are on the move across the water, including enormous flocks of wood pigeons. Children will love the open space and the spectacular rock formations, but please make sure that they stay away from the cliff edge at all times.
A longer version of this walk starting at the Sandbanks Ferry features in 'Britain's Best Walks with Julia Bradbury'. To find out more and watch the TV episode about it, click here.