“A peninsula rather than an island, Purbeck is nevertheless a place apart.”
“Only fifteen miles by six miles, it is crammed with history and scenic diversity; a microcosm of ‘old England’, with Sir Giles Gilbert Scott phone boxes and a steam train that plies between a lopsided castle and the slumberous Victorian seaside resort of Swanage.
There are thatched cottages and old inns, a curving white sand beach, and cliffs with some of the country’s toughest rock climbs. In places, it looks as if a romanticist has hand picked one of everything from the mother country and placed it for safe keeping in this exquisite, miniaturised land.”
Extract by Nicholas Crane about the Isle of Purbeck
Historic Places of Interest
English Heritage properties include Lulworth Castle and the dramatic scenery of Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. National Trust properties include Corfe Castle, Kingston Lacey House, Brownsea Island, Studland Heath which features Old Harry Rocks.
Swanage is the nearest Victorian seaside resort with a pier, theatre, shops and many exciting festivals. The Steam train from Swanage Railway Station goes to Corfe Castle and back.
Local Sports & Activities
England’s first UNESCO natural world heritage site, the Jurassic Coast is excellent for exploring cliffs, beaches, coves and headlands.
Rock climbing, swimming and snorkeling are possible 3/4 of a mile from the cottage at Winspit Cove, Seacombe, Dancing Ledge and Chapmans Pool.
Kimmeridge Bay is a wonderful walk over stunning headlands to go fossil hunting or snorkelling. Swanage and Studland are nearby for sandy beaches, safe swimming and water sports.
Studland also offers horseriding and Wareham Forest, Creech and Arne are excellent mountain biking destinations.