Blue skies over Old Harry Rocks, UNESCO World Heritage Site in Dorset, on the Jurassic Coast

Old Harry Rocks and Studland Circular Walk

Old Harry Rocks and Studland Circular Walk

Explore the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast and behold the glimmering white chalk of Old Harry Rocks on this delightful walk. 


Old Harry Rocks and Studland Circular Walk is a wonderful way to get outdoors and learn more about the natural history of the area.  

The unique rock formations are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and stand tall on Handfast Point at the southern end of Studland Bay.  

You can enjoy incredible views on this walk and even bring your four-legged friends along with you. There are grassy areas to have a picnic when you get closer to Old Harry or you can choose from a variety of places to grab a spot of lunch in Studland village. 


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  • Walking  
  • Beach 
  • Wildflowers 
  • Hiking 
  • Dog friendly 


  1. From South Beach Car Park, walk down past the Bankes Arms pub and turn left, following the path signed for Old Harry. 
  2. When you get to Old Harry Rocks simply take in the views and then follow the coast path up a gentle rise. Note: keep back from the sheer cliff edge. 
  3. When you arrive at the first gate, keep to the cliff top path, and continue to enjoy those coastal views. Look back and you will see The Pinnacles!  
  4. Head through a farm gate and continue straight on, taking the route along Ballard Down. 
  5. You will come to a point where you see the main paths cross, just before you arrive at the stone bench marked ‘Rest and be thankful.’ Turn right here and head down the hill towards the village of Studland. 
  6. Follow the road down through the Glebeland Estate and go straight on at the crossroads, following the sign for the church. 
  7. When you reach the end of the lane, head through the gate and into the churchyard.  
  8. To return back to the car park, pass the church on your right and turn immediately right, then simply follow the footpath. 


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