Our guide to Isle of Purbeck holidays
The Isle of Purbeck is the perfect location for a peaceful holiday, with its beautiful coastline which is part of the first World Heritage Site in England. The sandy beaches of Swanage and Studland are not only great for fossil hunting in the winter but are ideal for family beach holidays on Purbeck in the warmer months. The striking Corfe Castle between the Purbeck Hills is a fascinating sight that shouldn’t be missed. The Isle of Purbeck is also a haven for walkers and cyclists with the South West Coast Path framed by spectacular scenery.
Things to do in Isle of Purbeck
Moonfleet walk brings the classic novel to life. The 1898 tale of smuggling is a favourite with many in this area. This walk begins and finishes at Victoria Inn Bus Stop with Chesil Beach providing a beautiful backdrop for this relatively straightforward walk that’s perfect for all the family. Along the way, visit the church where John discovered the hidden coffins as well as the gardens where Johns love kept a lookout for his return. In summer, you’ll be able to see the stunning swans, waterbirds and wildfowl in the area. Look out for the Fleet Lagoon which boasts a luminous hue.
The quaint village of Worth Matravers is a great area for a walk along the coast. The brisk walk to St Aldhelms Head takes you over 5 miles and you’ll view the mysterious St Aldhelms Chapel along the way.
Isle of Purbeck Attractions
History and wildlife are just two things you’ll find at Durlston Country Park. This attraction will excite the whole family and if you have a furry friend, don’t forget to bring them along. As a mixture of sea cliffs, meadows and woodland, this nature park is your chance to spy 33 species of butterfly, 250 species of bird, 500 moths and 500 wildflowers. You’ll also find Durlston Castle on site. Over the 280 acres of land, park rangers will be able to answer your questions as well as give you a little insight into its history, you can walk on one of the pretty trails or take a guided walk for a small charge. You might also like to see a Napoleonic telegraph station or Anvil Point Lighthouse. If you want to keep little ones entertained, make sure you pick up an explorer’s rucksack from the castle.
Adventurers will love a coasteering experience on the edge of the Devon coastline. Take big leaps, get up close to the incredible rock formations or explore caves that can only be reached by sea. Experienced instructors are on hand to guide you and you can choose from a morning or afternoon session. Each experience takes three hours, allowing you to fully appreciate the beauty of the Devon coast.