Walking and Rambling in Swanage

Walking and Rambling in Swanage

Overview

The whole of Purbeck area, a lot of which is An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is just waiting to be explored. Swanage is on the South West coast path that stretches from Poole harbour to Minehead (630 miles) and on the Jurrasic Coast, Englands first natural world heritage coast. There's good ridgewalks, heath walks, clifftop walks and different habitats to discover. Suitable for all levels of walking and all ages. The area is very biodiverse so keep an eye out for all the wildlife.
 

What makes it special

  • Beautiful scenery

Hostels nearby

Walking and Rambling in Swanage

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Map references

OS Grid Ref: SY 91223 87243

Lat/Lng: 50.608143, -1.9562792

Contact information

Other things to do nearby

Person climbing on a climbing wall

Climbing in Totland Bay

There are various indoor and outdoor climbing walls in close proximity to the Youth Hostel. For something a little different, why not try tree climbing?

Swanage Pier

Swanage

A friendly, colourful seaside town with an award winning beach, amazing chalk pillars of Old Harry's Rocks and a very English Victorian pier.

Theatre

Mowlem Theatre

Opened in 1967, the Mowlem Theatre is situated on the sea front at Swanage and has over 200 film productions a year as well as 60-100 nights of live theatre.

Steam train

Swanage Steam Railway

Explore the beautiful countryside around Swanage on the old steam trains that chuff along to Corfe Castle and beyond. Visit the website

Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle

Uncover the secrets of Dorset's iconic medieval monument and discover how royalty, warfare and nature have shaped the castle.

Studland Beach

Studland Beach and Nature Reserve

One of the UK’s finest beaches and extensive nature reserve. Enid Blyton lived here, so look for Policeman Plod’s thatched cottage!

Walking a dog along a coastal path

Walking and Rambling in Totland

The hostel is surrounded by National Trust land and footpaths galore. Footpaths go north to Yarmouth, south to Lord Alfred Tennyson's Monument on the Tennyson Trail, east to Freshwater Bay and west

Watersports

Watersports in Totland

Totland Bay and Freshwater Bay provide surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding and coasteering. Colwell Bay is great for kite surfing and at Compton Bay you can go surfing.

New Forest

New Forest Tour

See the New Forest National Park like never before! Enjoy grandstand views on an exhilarating, open-top ride through pretty villages and magical landscapes, passing wandering ponies.

The Tank Museum

The Tank Museum

Our exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare from World War One to the present day.

Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island

The perfect day’s adventure, this island wildlife sanctuary is easy to get to but feels like another world from the moment you step ashore. The island sits in the middle of Poole Harbour, with dram

Bournemouth

Bournemouth

Serious shopping and entertainment centre.  Tethered balloon flights, great beaches and top concerts throughout the year. Visit the Bournemouth website

Alum Bay & the Needles

Alum Bay & the Needles

This iconic British landmark – The Needles Rocks & Lighthouse are next to Alum Bay with its coloured sands in the cliffs. More details from The Needles website.

Watersports in Litton Cheney

Watersports in Litton Cheney

This lovely area is great for water sports. The Jurassic Kayak Tours offer accompanied treks past Durdledoor and to the East and West of the cove.