Dorset

Dorset Point

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Overview

From charming Christchurch via the habitat rich Hengistbury Head before returning along the coast to Bournemouth. Take in Poole before looping round to take in the nature reserves around Brownsea Island. Trace the coast to pick up Old Harry Rock, Swanage, Kimmeridge and Lulworth Cove.

Christchurch

Christchurch seems to have it all – two picturesque rivers, countryside, wonderful beaches, a natural harbour and a coastline offering views of the Isle of Wight. Visit the castles, historic priory ruins, ramble the nature reserves or get wet and wild at Splashpark.

Hengistbury Road

Visit Hengistbury Head to explore the wide range of natural habits including heathland, woodland, and freshwater wetland. Use the land train for Mudeford Sand Spit or take in the views from Warren Hill. Be sure to take some refreshment in the local cafes.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth, home to golden sands, warm climate and tropical gardens is one of Britain’s favourite resorts. Explore the pier, enjoy the museums and galleries before upping the pace with the seaside amusements. Choose from the many restaurants and cafes. A great jumping off point for exploring more of Dorset.

Poole

Explore the museum and quayside to uncover the history of maritime Poole. See working artists at the quayside, check out The Lighthouse arts centre or take a stroll round Poole Park. Visit Brownsea Island, home of the Scouting movement, from Sandbanks Jetty or take a Poole Quay harbour cruise or pop over to Jersey with a 4 hr+ crossing.

Brownsea Island

The wildlife sanctuary of Brownsea Island will give you stunning views of the Purbeck Hills. Explore the heathland, lagoon and woodland where you may catch a glimpse of the red squirrel. Rest a while in the local cafes before heading back to the mainland.

Studland

Search for sun bathing reptiles in the heathland at Studland beach on the spectacular Perbeck coast. Explore the sand dunes and woodland trails and take in views across the golden sands of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight.

Wareham

The walled Saxon town of Wareham is a great place to explore the history of Viking attacks and grisly executions! Nearby you’ll find Monkeyworld, the tank museum and the stunning Corfe Castle set in the Purbeck Hills.

Swanage

Swanage on the Isle of Purbeck is a great place to take a walk, bike ride and relax. Discover history at Swanage Museum, enjoy a steam train side at Swanage Railway or wander the open spaces of Durleston Country Park. The fresh sea food is delicious – don’t miss the Fish Festival in June!

Kimmeridge

Kimmeridge Bay in the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve is set in a stunning landscape. Explore the rock pools or climb up to Clavell Tower for an amazing panoramic view.

Lulworth Castle

Enjoy the unspoilt beaches and turquoise waters of picturesque Lulworth Cove just a short walk down the South West Coast Path from the famous Durdle Door rock formation. Visit the Lulworth Heritage Centre and discover history at Lulworth Castle and Park with its beautiful grounds.

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Overview

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Christchurch

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3.7 miles

Hengistbury Road

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4.7 miles

Bournemouth

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5.7 miles

Poole

5
189.4 miles

Brownsea Island

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22.5 miles

Studland

7
10.4 miles

Wareham

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11.4 miles

Swanage

9
9.7 miles

Kimmeridge

10
5.5 miles

Lulworth Castle

What to see and do…

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Weston Dairy Campsite

Renscombe Rd, Worth Matravers , Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3LL

Lyme Rib Rides Ltd

The Cobb Sea Wall, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3JJ

The Victorian Barn

The Victorian Barn, Dairy House Farm, Woolland, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 0EY

Lulworth Estate

Lulworth Estate, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QS

Somerville, Athelhampton B&B

Somerville, Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorset, DT2 7LG

Bournemouth Pier

Pier Approach, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 5AA

Short House, Chesil Beach

Short House, Chesil Beach, Labour-in-Vain Lane, West Bexington, Dorset, DT2 9DE

Harry May Fishing

The Chalet, Cobb Rd, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3JR

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

Wareham Road, Organford, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6EU

Athelhampton House & Gardens

Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7LG

Stokewater Donkey Walking Days

17 Stokewater House, Beaminster, Dorset, DT8 3LW

Hall & Woodhouse Brewery – Brewery Tap & Tours

The Brewery, Blandford St Mary, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 9LS

About the Dorset Point Trail

Distance: 263 miles
Cites / Towns: 10
Number Of Businesses: 14

Start at historic Christchurch harbour before aiming for internationally important Hengistbury Head, jutting into the English Channel and providing a mixture wildlife habitats. Head on to the golden sands and tropical gardens of Bournemouth and traditional seaside entertainment. Poole, home of Europe’s largest natural harbour is an all year round resort from which you can visit Brownsea Island or catch the ferry to Jersey. Visit Corfe Castle before heading to Swanage and back along the Jurassic Coast via Kimmeridge Bay to the spectacular Lulworth Cove.

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Maritime Heritage

Britain is an island nation so explore Dorset to see the county’s rich maritime history. The RNLI museum and quayside museum at Poole tell the story of the county’s relationship with the seas through a series of exhibits, including the log boat from 295BC.

Coastal Delights

Dorset is famed for its stunning Jurassic Coast scenery, with towering cliffs and landmarks such as Old Harry Rocks, Lulworth Cove and Golden Cap. With the sun glinting on the sea you’ll be sure to capture some great photographs of this majestic coast.

Dorset Wild

The coast of Dorset is home to an array of nature reserves. Explore the dunes at Studland beach to see Britain’s six native reptile species. The reserves at Brownsea and Hartland are great for bird watching. Cast your eyes to sea and maybe catch a glimpse of dolphins.

Also Nearby

Weston Dairy Campsite

Renscombe Rd, Worth Matravers , Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3LL

Lyme Rib Rides Ltd

The Cobb Sea Wall, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3JJ

The Victorian Barn

The Victorian Barn, Dairy House Farm, Woolland, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 0EY

Lulworth Estate

Lulworth Estate, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QS

Somerville, Athelhampton B&B

Somerville, Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorset, DT2 7LG

Bournemouth Pier

Pier Approach, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 5AA

Short House, Chesil Beach

Short House, Chesil Beach, Labour-in-Vain Lane, West Bexington, Dorset, DT2 9DE

Harry May Fishing

The Chalet, Cobb Rd, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3JR