Walk - Swanage 10 Mile Challenge

10.0 miles (16.1 km)

Durlston Head South Haven Point

Moderate -

*please note registration for this event is now closed!*

Arrival and Registration: Sunday 29th October, 9.00am, Shell Bay National Trust Car Park, Ferry slipway, Ferry Road, Studland, Dorset BH19 3BA 

Coach Transfer: 9.30am leaving Shell Bay car park to take us to the start of the walk at Durlstone Country Park

Start Point: 10.00am, 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.

Lunch: Please bring a packed lunch with you as weather permitting we will stop for a break on Ballard Down overlooking Swanage Bay.

Please note there will be a photographer capturing this event.

Advance booking is essential.

*please note registration for this event is now closed!*

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 - LFH

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.

Allnatt Stop and Stay, Swanage

The Chatsworth and The Eversden are a stones throw from Swanage Bay offering Self Catering in Swanage-perfect for discovering the South West Coast Path.

Wyke Dorset Cottages, Swanage

Based in Swanage, and with over 75 cottages throughout Dorset in popular locations including Swanage, Beaminster, Studland and Arne. Book online today!

Tom's Field, Langton Matravers

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.

Jurassic Coast Walking

We offer bespoke tailored walking holidays for individuals, couples or small groups in Purbeck. Walks can be guided, self-guided or a mixture of both.

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