A circular walk with breathtaking panoramic views across Dorset's coast and countryside. The route starts in Studland, follows the South West Coast Path and then travels along Ballard Down.

The walk includes a large amount of access land crossed by public rights of way. The area is owned and managed by the National Trust. It is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and the South West Coast Path starts/finishes at nearby South Haven Point. The Purbeck Way walking route also crosses the area.

Start point: National Trust South Beach Car Park
Nearest postcode: BH19 3AU or grid ref: SZ 038 826
Distance: 4½ miles
Typical time to complete the walk: 2 hours
Route leaflets:

Studland and Ballard Down route directions.
Studland and Ballard Down route map.

Relevant Ordnance Survey map: Explorer Map No.OL15 (Purbeck and South Dorset). You can buy a copy from Discover Purbeck Information Centre in Wareham.

Walking boots are recommended in winter or after heavy rain.

Public transport:

Parking is available at the National Trust beach car parks. The nearest car park to the start of this walk is South Beach Car Park. This area is very popular and in summer the car parks may be full - see public transport details above for how to arrive by bus.

Facilities and Refreshments:

Studland has a small number of cafes, pubs and restaurants. The nearest public toilets are found on Beach Road or Watery Lane.

Other activities in the area:

Purbeck Cycle RidesThe Purbeck WaySouth West Coast Path

Staying a while in Studland? You can find walker-friendly accommodation on the Visit Dorset website.


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