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Corfe Castle, Old Harry Rocks and Swanage Trail

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Escape the hurly-burly of modern life!

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On Saturday we will be walking a 9.6-mile trail which is a personal favourite of ours as there is so much to see.  From the majestic Corfe Castle to the stunning Purbeck Ridge views and the breathtaking sites of Old Harry Rocks.  I, Julia, have walked this route on numerous occasions and each time the chalk formations take my breath away.  I love the way that the old seaside town beckons you from the trail and you are greeted by the best ice-cream ever!

What better way to return back to where you started than by real steam train.

If you decide to stay for the Sunday walk, then this one is much shorter, but still rather stunning, and we will be finished by lunchtime.

All of our walks are lead by qualified Walk Leaders, all of who are first aid trained and will carry suitable first aid kits for peace of mind for your adventure.  They will be there to look after the navigation, leaving you to focus on the walk, the views and making new friends with your walking companions.

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DURATION OF EVENT

This is a two-day event, although you can select to walk on Saturday only (9.6 miles) or both days (Sunday is 5.6 miles)

We will meet in the National Trust car park on Saturday and the Visitors Centre on Sunday in Corfe at 9.00am. At 9.15am we will then have a full briefing before heading off for the day's adventure.

Note; The Adventure Geek team will be arriving on Friday evening and will leave on Sunday afternoon.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

This trip does not include accommodation, therefore, you will need to book your own if you do not want to drive down to Dorset on the day.

Adventure Geek Walk Leaders Will Be Staying At Norden Farm

The Adventure Geek Walk Leaders will be camping at Norden Farm.  This is a working farm with donkeys, goats, peacocks and a fishing pond with ducks that walk around the site!

Norden is one of the best campsites we have stayed at in the UK.  It is clean, modern, electric hook-up and has everything from an onsite cafe, a wicked farm shop selling all sorts of goodies and it is perfectly located for this trip.  They even allow dogs to stay here.

Prices are from £18-22 for a pitch (tent or caravan) with hookup!

OTHER ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS:

Premier Inn (Holes Bay) – Poole – From £54

This hotel is 8 miles from our start location.  I have stayed here numerous times whilst visiting family and always had a good experience.  A typical Premier Inn.  The rooms are clean, the buffet breakfast is hot and you will get a good nights sleep.  Prices change daily from £54 to £110 a night, so book asap!

YHA Swanage  – From £15 per night

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A large, sea-facing Victorian villa, YHA Swanage is situated five minutes' walk from the award-winning beach of Swanage – the only Blue Flag beach along the entire Dorset Jurassic Coast. The hostel has been recently refurbished for 2018 and is now better than ever. Spend a restful holiday building sandcastles, paddling in the sea and sampling local ice cream or alternatively, give coasteering or diving a go on this rugged coastline.

Our hilltop location gives rooms spectacular panoramic views of Swanage town and bay. The town is a classic British seaside resort and the perfect gateway to the Jurassic coast, a world heritage site.

Challow Farm House – From £110 per room per night

If you are looking for something a little bit extra special then consider booking at Challow Farm House. 

I have stayed at this amazing Country House a few times and it is pure luxury.  The owners are delightful and the food is home cooked.   They have limited availability so please book fast!  Book here.

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SATURDAY ITINERARY

Old Harry Rocks – Chalk formation.

Saturday is a 9.6-mile walk starting from the majestic ruin of Corfe Castle (which we can visit later in the day).

We meet at the National Trust Car Park at 9am with a view to setting off at 9.15am after a quick warm up and briefing.

We pass under the railway line in Corfe and then ascend gradually on an easy track to the top of Rollington Hill. We stroll along Allwood Down and Nine Barrow Down, enjoying fantastic views over Poole Harbour on the east and the Purbecks on the west. The going is easy in all weathers and the climbs are not steep.

We walk by Studland Hill and Ballard Point before making our way to the dramatic and most easterly point of the Jurassic Coast – Old Harry Rocks. If you are brave enough then take the thin path to the edge of one of the chalk formations.

Our final leg of the journey is along Purbeck Ridge as we then make our descent into the seaside town of Swanage. If you have never visited Swanage then you will feel like you have taken a step back in time.

Steam Train Back to Corfe

Once we have grabbed an ice-cream, or a glass of wine (or both!) and spent some time in Swanage we can enjoy the short journey back to Corfe Castle via the vintage steam train.

This route should take no more than 3-5 hours.

The evening is yours to do with what you wish.  If you wish to join us for something to eat then let us know and we will let you know the arrangements.

SUNDAY ITINERARY

The Sunday walk is only 5.6 miles but the views are amazing as we head off in a different direction than yesterday.

We meet at the Visitors' Centre at Corfe Castle at 9am with a view to starting our walk at 9.15am.  We use easy paths and quiet roads to get to the higher ground.

Creech Hill is amazing, with its panoramic views over huge areas to the north and east. Next, we skirt around the Stonehill Down Nature Reserve and then begin to take in the views across the Purbeck Vale. We enjoy these views for a couple of miles as we amble along easy paths and when the ruins of Corfe Castle start to loom into view, you make for the highest part of the ground. From there you look right down on the castle and the great vista beyond, down to the coast.

This walk should take no more than 2.5 hours so you should be on your way home by lunchtime.

NEED TO KNOW

Age Limit 

Adventure Geek Walks are open to anyone over the age of 10. However, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Food & Drink

Please note we do not supply any food or drinks for this day walk, you will need to bring your own packed lunch etc.  There is a breakfast available if you decide to stay at Norden Camp Site of hot bacon rolls, coffee and tea.

Dogs 

Our furry friends are welcome on this trip.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

There are no permissions expressed or implied by the Adventure Geek organisers. Participants make use of the facilities at their own risk and without express permission from the Adventure Geek organisers.

Walking is a physically active sport. If you have any doubts about your abilities, you should always seek advice from your GP before embarking on an Adventure Geek walk.

By registering for an event you accept that you do so entirely at your own risk and that it is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and able to take part in the event. We regroup often and our walks cater for all levels of fitness.

Children under the age of 16 years old are the responsibility of their parents or guardians and need to be accompanied at all times before, during and after the walk.

Adventure Geek volunteers do not accept responsibility for injury, loss and damage sustained by a participant unless the above injury, loss and damage are proven to have been caused as a direct result of negligence on the part of the organisers.

Dogs are welcome on the majority of our walks, however, we kindly ask that only one dog per walker and that the welfare of the animal remains your responsibility throughout your walk.  On occasion, we may add a note of “No dogs allowed” on specific walks (usually those with cattle), please respect this note.