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 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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.