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A scenic stroll along the Dorset coast

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 5 reviews.Swanage, United Kingdom

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Experience hosted by Julia And Barry

3 hours
Up to 5 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

This is a gentle 3 hour walk from Swanage to Studland that includes the most stunning and close-up views of Old Harry Rocks and Studland Bay. There are many wonderful opportunities for taking photographs, learning about the history and geology of the area, and for spotting wildlife.

I will teach you all about how this amazing coastline has formed, how it has inspired many artists and authors and share stories of ancient sea battles, smugglers and shipwrecks.

We start on Swanage seafront. The first part of the walk takes us along the beach, before starting a gentle climb up onto the hills that overlook the bay. Once at the top we can rest and enjoy the 360 degree panoramic views, with our eventual destination now visible in the distance.

The route follows the crest of the hill before descending towards the chalk cliffs, arches and stacks of Old Harry Rocks. These are world famous features and I can show you how to safely get up close to them and understand how they have been formed.

From here it is a flat walk all the way to Studland Bay via secret WW2 bunkers, finishing at the cafe at Middle Beach; a great place to have lunch and spend the afternoon swimming or exploring the nature reserve.

It is a 10 minute walk from the cafe to the bus stop where you can return to the starting point by taking the half-hourly bus service back to Swanage (a 20 minute ride).
This is a gentle 3 hour walk from Swanage to Studland that includes the most stunning and close-up views of Old Harry Rocks and Studland Bay. There are many wonderful opportunities for taking photographs, learning about the history and geology of the area, and for spotting wildlife.

I will teach you all about how this amazing coastline has formed, how it has inspired many artists and authors and share stories of ancient sea battles,…

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10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Sun, Nov 1
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Wed, Nov 4
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Meet your host, Julia And Barry

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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Hello! I am Barry Cullimore and I have lived by, explored, enjoyed and taught about the Dorset coast for the past 25 years. It is, in my opinion, the most beautiful stretch of coast in England and I love to share my knowledge of the coast with my guests.

I am a qualified teacher and outdoor education professional with a degree in Geology and Geography. I hold the UK Summer Mountain Leader Award and am trained in outdoor first aid.

I can help you get the most from your time in Dorset and look forward to joining you in exploring the Dorset coast soon.
Hello! I am Barry Cullimore and I have lived by, explored, enjoyed and taught about the Dorset coast for the past 25 years. It is, in my opinion, the most beautiful stretch of coast in England and I love to share my knowledge of the coast with my guests.

I am a qualified teacher and outdoor education professional with a degree in Geology and Geography. I hold the UK Summer Mountain Leader Award and am trained in outdoor first aid.

I can help you get the most from your time…
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Where you'll be

Swanage is a lovely, old fashioned seaside town with a wonderful beach, and great places to stay and eat.
Old Harry Rocks are world famous coastal cliffs, arches and stacks.
Studland Bay contains 4 miles of pristine sandy beach, sand dunes full of rare wildlife and crystal clear seawater.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 5 reviews.

Lynn
September 2020
Had a brilliant morning with Barry walking along the Jurassic Coast from Swanage He was full of interesting information a mc d colourful stories about Harry’s Rocks. A very enjoyable walk
Claudia
August 2020
This walk made our weekend so much better, Barry is full of knowledge and it helped us see beyond just the pretty scenery. Would recommend to anyone visiting the area.
Hande
August 2020
This was our first visit to Devon and we wanted to start hiking with an experienced guide. Our 2 daughters (12 and 17 year olds) really enjoyed the tour with Barry. He has been very friendly and knowledgeable.
Emma
August 2020
Hiking is a great activity to do if in Dorset. Moreover when you have a guide like Barry it takes the experience to another level. The route that we covered was beautiful, safe and very well organised. Barry is very knowledgeable, engaging and passionate. We have left learning a lot and it was worth every penny. Thank you
Hiking is a great activity to do if in Dorset. Moreover when you have a guide like Barry it takes the experience to another level. The route that we covered was beautiful, safe and…
Anju
July 2020
Barry was an excellent guide! His knowledge of the Dorset area, history and of many many other interesting topics was impressive. We had such an enjoyable experience. I really appreciated how he responded to my interest in foraging & identified relevant plants. We were also very grateful that they rearranged things to take us on the tour, as there was a mistake with the booking!
Barry was an excellent guide! His knowledge of the Dorset area, history and of many many other interesting topics was impressive. We had such an enjoyable experience. I really appr…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 5 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

I am very happy answer any questions you may have - please do not hesitate to get in touch!

What to bring

Although this is a gentle walk, we are walking along country paths and so make sure you have good footwear and suitable clothing for the forecast weather.

Although there are shops and cafes at the start and finish of our walk, you may wish to bring some snacks and a drink as there are no facilities on the walk itself.