Description of Purbeck walking holiday

Our Purbeck trail may combine spectacular Jurassic Coast hiking with trails though the beautiful Purbeck countryside.

As with all Footscape holidays the trails may be as long or as short as you wish. Three of Jurassic Coast hiking days represent a continuous walk which follows part of our stunning Jurassic Coast trail. The holiday may be structured as an inn to inn trail or be based at the medieval village of Corfe, the seaside resort of Swanage or the picturesque hamlet of Kingston.

The ‘Isle’ of Purbeck is steeped in the history of Dorset. Footscape trail guides provide detailed information on the history of the immediate area, but for an overview of the county’s history, please see History of Dorset

There are also numerous to places to sample fantastic local Dorset food and drink. For more information about our recommendations of where to eat along the Jurassic Coast, please see Dorset Food and Drink

About the Walks

Some sections of the trail are along the spectacular South West Coast Path and inland grassy ridges that offer magnificent views of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. There are a few steep ups and downs, especially on coastal paths, as well as longer easy sections. One day takes you through a very different landscape of fields, heath and woodland, and on another day you walk north from Corfe Castle to the attractive town of Wareham.

In addition to the beauty of its villages and untamed landscape, especially its coastline, Purbeck is an area known for its traces of dinosaurs, whose footprints and fossilised bones have been found in several places, dating back over 65 million years. For more information regarding fossils, please click on the following link Fossils in Dorset


Accommodation & Services

Depending on availability, your accommodation, will be in an attractive town or village in the heart of Purbeck for the duration of your self-guided walking tour.

Purbeck is served by the main line railway station at Wareham, which is reached in only 2 hrs 20 minutes from London Waterloo. As of 2017 there is a peak season diesel train link between Wareham and Corfe. You will also be able to use the steam trains of the scenic Swanage railway  or the Purbeck Breezer bus network to travel around the area.

The price of your holiday includes, a full English breakfast each morning, our detailed trail guide (Footscape Trail Guide) and baggage transfers. We will also supply you with the relevant ordnance survey maps, with Footscape trails highlighted.


  Double / Twin Single
7+ nights.. from £85 from £120
4 to 6 nights from £90 from £125
2 to 3 nights from £95 from £130
Prices are per person per night and in £ Sterling

A2 – A comfortable B&B or simple village inn

A1 – A good hotel, inn or equivalent

A+ – A luxury hotel

Occasionally we may propose accommodation with a standard and price between A1 & A2.

10% discount for groups of 3 or more. For very large groups (10+), please contact us. We can sometimes offer family rooms with special prices for children.

Please give us details on the enquiry form

Trail Highlights

  • The majestic ruin of Corfe Castle
  • Old Harry Rocks
  • The beach resorts of Swanage and Studland
  • Durlstone Country Park (Nature Reserve)
  • The attractive Purbeck stone villages of Corfe Castle, Kingston, Kimmeridge and Worth Matravers
  • The historic Swanage steam railway
  • Agglestone (rock), set in the middle of Godlingston Heath Nature Reserve
  • The old Saxon river port of Wareham with its ancient walls.

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