Swanage & Purbeck Outdoor Pursuits

Swanage and Purbeck has some great outdoor pursuits from a gentle walk in the countryside to an adrenalin filled coasteering experience:

Bike and trainWalking on the Isle of Purbeck

There are many walks in and around the Isle of Purbeck suitable for all ages and abilities.

Cycling, Swanage and Purbeck

The Isle of Purbeck offers an amazing selection of safe, traffic-free cycling. Hire your bike from either Wareham Station or in Corfe and enjoy the trails of Wareham forest. It’s a great way to see the area many of which you cannot access by car.

Purbeck Golf Club, Studlandgolf course

This delightful course is built on heathland within a nature reserve and has unbelievable views. The course has 27 holes (thanks to previous owners Enid Blyton and her husband), 9 holes for beginners, and 18 for the more accomplished golfer.

Swanage Golf Games, Swanage

A great day out for all the family – Kirkwood Park is set in 16 glorious acres in the heart of Swanage, just 500 meters back from the middle of the seafront. The varied 1000+ metre 18 hole course is laid out for pitch and putt, football and frisbee golf.

Tallship Sailing

A classic gaff rigged cutter sailing from the Victorian Pier in Swanage, become a crew member for the day!

Dorset Water Park and Dorset Mud Trail

A huge woodland waterpark spread over two lakes and a very muddy outdoor adventure trail, overlooking Corfe Castle. A fun session for all the whole family both children (age 6+) and adults. Dogs welcome on leads. Read our blog of a trip to the Mud Trail.

CoasteeringCoasteering & Sea Kayaking

Many companies provide adventure sports (Coasteering, Sea Kayaking, Rock Climbing and Bushcraft) in Purbeck and here is a selection if you do want to jump off rocks into crystal clear waters, swim through sea caves, climb a cliff or paddle along the coast! Land and Wave, Cumulus, Studland Sea School, Fore Adventure.

Kimmeridge Snorkelling Trails

Enjoy a guided underwtaer adventure using the Kimmeridge snorkelling trails. Kimmeridge is a marine reserve with a visitor centre and Museum of Jurassic Marine Life set in a picturesque village with a fantastic cafe.


Studland consists of four beaches: Shell Bay, Knoll Beach, Middle Beach and South Beach totalling three miles of fine sand and dunes on National trust heathland. It is linked to Poole/Sandbanks by a chain ferry. There are fee paying car parks (NT members free). The village has a pub, restaurants and a small shop.

Studland HorsesStudland Stables

Gallop along Studland beach on horseback with Studland Stables and feel the sea air in your hair.

Studland Watersports

Based at Knoll Beach Studland Watersports offer an huge array of watercraft and activities.

Studland Sea School

Situated on Middle Beach Studland Sea School offer sea kayak hire, guided tours around Old Harry Rocks and coasteering.

Shell Bay WatersportsShell Bay Watersports Studland

The long established Shell Bay Watersports offer RYA courses in sailing, RIB handling and windsurfing. Experienced windsurfers may also hire boards from them on the beach.

Shell Bay Sailing

Another option for RYA sailing courses. Shell Bay Sailing also offer the hire of a range of excellent sailing dinghies.

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