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Accessible Walks - walking routes for parents with young children
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Studland village to Old Harry Rocks

LOCALITY: Studland, Dorset
DISTANCE: 2 miles (3.22 km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, Parking, Suitable for wheelchairs, Toilets, Pub, Cafe

GRADIENT: A few ups & downs
TERRAIN: Medium
OS MAP: Purbeck and South Dorset

Walk description:

This easy walk takes you from Studland to the famous landmark of Old Harry Rocks � the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. There are spectacular views towards the Isle of Wight and of the offshore
chalk stacks at Old Harry Rocks, good opportunities for bird and butterfly watching and a rich variety of wild flowers in spring and summer.
After a short steep descent and climb, the track out to Old Harry Rocks (1 mile each way) is fairly smooth and level. From here you can extend the walk with a steady but gentle climb up and along the ridge to the summit of Ballards Down. A steep uneven track then leads down onto a quiet lane that brings you back to Studland.


Additional notes:

This is one of a selection of easy-going walks found on the official South West Coast Path website - http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/ Here you can find additional mapping and photographs showing gradients, path surfaces, and other detailed information.


10/11/2007 | Walk posted by The South West Coast Team

Walks With Buggies User Reviews

Tony Packer

22/10/2010 | Reviewed by Tony Packer

Whilst the views were stunning, the route to get to them has obviously deteriorated from when it was first
tried. Most of the path was found to be very rough in a power chair if I had been in my Manual wheelchair the
front castors would have found it very difficult to negotiate parts and there is a good chance the main wheels
would have buckled. Great food after the walk at the Bankes Arms.