Old Harry & Ballard Down from Studland
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Walk Route Description
The Jurassic Coast is a popular place to walk with many outstanding coastal features. This short walk using a section of the South West Coast Path starts from the village of Studland and takes you onto the high cliffs offering some spectacular views. There is a pay and display car park in the village (grid ref. SZ037825) although do remember that at busy times of the year spaces may be at a premium.
Exit the car park and turn right along Manor Road. Where this road swings right take the signed South West Coast Path on your left. This leads you almost immediately onto the coast with views on your left across the bay to Bournemouth. The route is never in doubt as you head towards 'Old Harry', the first of the many features encountered on this walk. The path swings right and almost immediately there is a spot where you can get a wonderful view of 'Old Harry'.
Continue along the coast path gradually ascending past the 'Pinnacles' towards Ballard Point. Keep the path closest to the clifftop here ignoring the Purbeck Way which branches off to the right. From Ballard Point the views open up with Swanage Bay some 400 feet below you to the south. There is a trig point marking the highest point. Like most popular areas, there are many paths so precise directions are impossible. However after enjoying the view you need make for the Ballard Down ridge so head uphill and follow the path along the highest point. This leads west across Ballard Down and it is worth following the path as far as the Obelisk (grid ref. SZ022813) from where an extensive panorama across the Dorset countryside can be enjoyed.
Retrace your steps across the Down as far as the stone seat (grid ref. SZ033812) on Studland Hill, which you should have passed walking out to the obelisk. Turn left here following the bridleway downhill passing the Glebeland Estate on your left. Reaching Scholl Lane, go half right along Church Lane towards the church. Just after the church take the path on your right that leads back to the car park.
Other walks nearby
Walk 3396 Agglestone & Old Harry Rocks from Studland - easy/mod - 6.4 miles/10.4 km
Walk 1613 Studland and Old Harry Rocks from Sheel Bay - easy/mod - 8.5 miles/13.8 km
Walk 2579 Purbeck Coast from Swanage - moderate - 10.0 miles/16.3 km
Walk 3286 Dancing Ledge & Durlston Head from Langton Matravers - easy/mod - 7.0 miles/11.4 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 1004 Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door - easy - 2.5 miles/4.1 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
South West Coast Path Map Booklet - St Ives to Plymouth
Map of part of the southern section of the 630 mile (1014km) South West Coast Path National Trail. Covers the trail from St Ives to Plymouth along the west Cornwall and Devon 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 - 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.
This pocket handbook to navigation will help you master the necessary map and compass skills for mountain walking. Chapters include map scales, symbols and contours, grid references, map reading, bearings, route planning and night and bad-weather navigation, as well as navigating with a GPS.