Walk - Swanage 10 Mile Challenge

10.0 miles (16.1 km)

Durlston Head South Haven Point

Moderate -

Start Point: Durlston Country Park, Lighthouse Road, Swanage, BH19 2JL

Finish Point: Shell Bay National Trust Car Park

Start at the dramatic Durlston Castle for what is actually the last leg of the 630 mile South West Coast Path. High, level cliff walking between St Aldhelm’s Head and Durlston Head is followed by fairly easy walking along the promenade of the seaside town of Swanage.

As you walk through open grassland and woodland around Studland, keep a look out for bottlenose dolphins and take time to enjoy the beautiful seasonal wildflowers and butterflies and the spectacular views of the chalk stacks of Old Harry. Three miles of sandy beaches running all the way to South Haven Point offer plenty of opportunities to rest and take in the views across Poole Bay to Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight.

Just before the ferry to Sandbanks the famous steel sculpture marks the end of the Challenge route and the end of the South West Coast Path.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Knoll House Hotel

Established 1931, a traditional Dorset hotel with sea views that stretch out over Studland Beach. A family & dog-friendly hotel steeped in history, set in 4 acres. The perfect place to stop for a bite of lunch or relaxing overnight stay.

Tom's Field Campsite & Shop

Traditional. rural camping in beautiful Isle of Purbeck. Just 20 mins walk from South West Coast Path and Dancing Ledge.

What is on your list of things to do when you visit the Path? From walking companies, to help you tailor your visit, with itineraries and experts to enhance your visit, to baggage transfer companies and visitor attractions there are lots to people and places to help you decide what you'd like to do. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Swanage Information Centre

Delivering a wealth of ideas, enthusiasm & information to visitors & residents of Swanage & Purbeck areas including heritage, coastal & countryside walks. We’re accessible & dog friendly & offer our ‘miles of smiles’ welcome to our enchanting seaside town

Divine Cars

Friendly female driver. 8 seater with plenty of room for luggage.

WALX UK

WALX is a National walking club based in Purbeck! Locally we offer guided walks and Nordic walking courses - Nationally we help people build walking based businesses

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