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South West Coast Path

For fantastic views out to sea and along the coast, take a walk along the South West Coast Path. Starting at Poole Harbour, the path covers 71 miles of Dorset’s beautiful coastline, and continues round Devon, Cornwall and Somerset to make it the longest walkway in Britain. The pathway begins at South Haven Point in Studland and follows the coastline for 630 miles until it reaches Minehead. The walk offers many access points in villages and at car parks, so you can enjoy a round trip or a longer hiking adventure!

The South West Coast Path covers part of the coast that has been named the Jurassic Coast , due to its unique historical and geological importance. This area runs along Dorset (from Studland side of the Poole chain ferry) to East Devon. It has now been awarded World Heritage Site Status, which puts this piece of coastline on par with other world renowned sites such as the Great Barrier Reef and Grand Canyon.

Walk idea ... For a particularly breathtaking view across Poole Bay and out towards the Needles on the Isle of Wight, walk up to Old Harry Rocks. From Sandbanks, Poole, take the chain ferry across the harbour entrance to South Haven. From there you can either follow the path along the sandy beaches, or you can travel a little further to a conveniently placed pub (The Bankes Arms) and car park in Studland located at the bottom of the hill taking you to Old Harry.

Dorset Coastline For more information on the South West Coast Path go to the South West Coast Path website , or pick up a leaflet in Poole Welcome Centre.

For more information on the Jurassic Coast , its World Heritage Site nomination and related Events go to the Jurassic Coast website. Follow up your trip to the Jurassic Coast with a visit to the Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester.