Route: Studland

Area: Dorest

Date of walk: 5th November 2014

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 6.6 miles

Ascent: 800 feet

Weather: Windy, plenty of sun and blue skies

After this morning’s enjoyable walk at nearby Arne there was still time for an afternoon walk so I decided to make the most of our short stay in this area and visit nearby Studland. As an internationally important example of lowland heath, the area is managed by the National Trust as a designated National Nature Reserve

I parked in the car park near the South Beach and joined the South West Coast Path which took me to the headland known as Old Harry. The eroded cliff formations were spectacular

I carried on along the coastal path past The Pinnacles, and then headed inland over Ballards Down following the Purbeck Way. There were lovely views from the Down in all directions. After descending from the Down I walked across to Godlingston Heath, owned by the National Trust. A series of paths through the heathland took me back to Studland to complete a fantastic walk

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