GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Purbeck Way

15 miles (24 km)

This beautiful walk takes you from Wareham to Swanage giving splendid views of the Purbeck Hills and the Dorset coast. The route below uses the South West Cost path and the Purbeck Way to create a super circuit of the area.
The route starts with a lovely waterside stretch along the River Frome from Wareham. You then enter Stoborough Heath where you will pass the Blue Pool - a flooded, disused clay pit. Shortly after you arrive at the pretty village of Corfe Castle with its ruined 10th century castle of the same name. The path then leads you through Corfe Common and onto the stunning Dorset coast where you join the South West Coast Path. The coastal section then takes you past the beautiful Chapman's Pool, through Durlston Country Park to Swanage. From Swanage you continue to Ballard Down where you join the Purbeck Way, crossing the Purbeck Hills to return to Corfe Castle.
The video below left shows the splendid view as you cross the Purbeck Hills from Ballard Down to Corfe Castle. On your right you can see Poole Harbour and Bournemouth, while on your left is Swanage and the Purbeck Hills. On a clear day the Isle of Wight is also clearly visible.

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Purbeck Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Purbeck Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


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Along the River Frome in Wareham

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Marina on the Frome

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Blue Pool

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Norden Wood

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Corfe Castle

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Chapman's Pool

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Anvil Point Lighthouse

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Swanage Bay

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Elevation Profile

GPS Files

GPX File

Purbeck Way.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Purbeck Way.mmo (right click - 'Save As')