Old Harry’s Rocks

From the small coastal village of Studland make your way along the cliff tops to Old Harry’s Rocks. Now a stump, a stack and a bit of no man’s land, the peak once housed a castle. Both the caves below and the name are linked to a local famous local pirate, whose reputation struck fear into any passing ship. Continue along the cliff edge, past the Pinnacles to Ballard Down accompanied with stunning views across Poole Harbour, Sandbanks, Studland, Swanage and the open blue sea to the Isle of Wight. Visit the obelisk, erected to celebrate fresh flowing water for the locals, to return via a First World War camp, which has turned into luxury housing, and the ancient Saxon towerless Church.

Distance: 5.5 miles/7km (4.5 miles if missing the Obelisk)

Duration: 2 hours

Ability: Easy, only one gentle climb up Ballard Down.

Max Height: 450ft.

Min Height: 83ft.

Total climb: 423ft.

Terrain: Track, road path and field.

Map: OS Explorer 15 Purbeck and West Dorset

Start Point: South Beach Car Park (Postcode: BH19 3AU, Grid Reference: SZ037825, What Three Words: nets.followers.hammocks).

How to Get There: From Poole, take the chain ferry to Studland. Follow Studland Road into the village and take the first left then immediately right onto Rectory Lane. Turn right at the next T-junction and the car park is on the left (payment required, free for National Trust members).

Dogs: In accordance with the Countryside Code and any notices on route.

Refreshments: The Bankes Arms and The Pig on the Beach, both in Studland village.

Neighbouring Walks: Studland, Durlston, Dancing Ledge and Rempstone.

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