Studland and Old Harry Rocks from Sheel Bay
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Walk Route Description
The Jurassic Coast stretches from Old Harry Rock, included in this walk, west to Orcombe Point near Exmouth a distance of some 95miles. Following the coast is the South West Coast Path which starts, or finishes depending on your view, at Poole Harbour and continues round the English Coast to Minehead in Somerset. This walk enjoys both and offers a pleasant walk along the seaside with views inland to rural Dorset and Poole Harbour.
The walk starts at the car park (grid ref SZ035862) by the roundabout on the B3351 that leads to the ferry across Poole Harbour to Sandbanks. After parking it is suggested you walk along the road to the ferry so that you can say you have actually started from the official beginning of the South West Coast Path. So, with the sea on your left, walk along the beach of Shell Bay. Continue along the beach passing into Studland Bay. Please note that this takes walkers through a nudist beach.
From Studland Beach, continue following the South west Coast Path up to Studland Village where refreshment may be taken at the Banks Arms pub. This pub is cosy and well decorated inside and has a large field/pub garden overlooking the sea and cliffs where lunch is served in good weather. The path continues up a gradual gradient to the cliff edge. Heading west you get a fine view down on Studland Bay and east along the coast into Hampshire.
Once on the cliff top path, you have excellent seascapes to the left with a pleasant rural outlook to you right with rolling downland. Quite soon you reach The Foreland (or Handfast Point) from where you get a bird's eye view of Old Harry Rock. Turning the corner the view includes the coast to Swanage and beyond. If you are feeling energetic the path may be followed from here to Swanage and beyond, past the crumbling stacks and archways that line this past of the coast. To return to the start simply retrace your steps.
Other walks nearby
Walk 1634 Old Harry & Ballard Down from Studland - easy/mod - 5.3 miles/8.6 km
Walk 3396 Agglestone & Old Harry Rocks from Studland - easy/mod - 6.4 miles/10.4 km
Walk 3286 Dancing Ledge & Durlston Head from Langton Matravers - easy/mod - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 2579 Purbeck Coast from Swanage - moderate - 10.0 miles/16.3 km
Walk 2925 St Aldhelm's Head near Worth Matravers - easy - 4.1 miles/6.7 km
Walk 1331 Tyneham from Kimmeridge - easy/mod - 6.8 miles/11 km
Walk 1534 Swyre Head & Tyneham Cap from Kimmeridge - moderate - 11.8 miles/19.1 km
Walk 2568 Egmont Point & Kimmeridge Bay from Tyneham - moderate - 14.0 miles/22.8 km
Walk 1533 Gad Cliff & Povington Hill from Tyneham - easy/mod - 4.5 miles/7.3 km
Walk 3538 RAF Holmsley South near Bransgore - easy - 2.5 miles/4.1 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
South West Coast Path Map Booklet - Minehead to St Ives
Map of the northern section of the 630 mile (1014km) South West Coast Path National Trail. Covers the trail from Minehead to St Ives along the north Devon and Cornish coastline. This convenient and compact booklet of Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps shows the route, providing all of the mapping you need to walk the trail in either direction.
South West Coast Path Map Booklet - Plymouth to Poole
Map of part of the southern section of the 630 mile (1014km) South West Coast Path National Trail. Covers the trail from Plymouth to Poole along the coastline of Devon and Dorset. This convenient and compact booklet of Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps shows the route, providing all of the mapping you need to walk the trail in either direction.
The National Trails
This inspirational guidebook looks at each of the UK's 19 National Trails, with information that allows ease of comparison and contrast, inspiring you to find out more and to take up a long-distance challenge. Some Trails are short and easy, others much longer, many have strong themes - they may follow a coastline, or traverse ranges of hills.