Our Purbeck trail is composed of a series of five one-day hikes of exceptional beauty and moderate difficulty, with an average daily walking distance of around 10 to 11 miles (16 to 18 km), although the longer walks can be shortened, if you wish. Three of these days represent a continuous hike that follows part of our stunning Jurassic Coast trail. Most of the walks start or end at the charming and historic village of Corfe Castle.
This independent walking tour is designed so that you do not require any transport of your own or from Footscape during your stay. Purbeck is served by the main line railway station at Wareham, which is reached in only 2 hrs 20 minutes from London Waterloo. You will also be able to use the steam trains of the scenic Swanage Railway to go to or from the trail on one or two days.
Subject to the availability of accommodation, you can choose your own dates from between 2 nights (1 or 2 days’ walking) and 7+ nights (the full 5 walking days with one or more rest days).
Some sections of the trail are along the spectacular South West Coast Path and inland grassy ridges that offer magnificent views of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. There are a few steep ups and downs, especially on coastal paths, as well as longer easy sections. One day takes you through a very different landscape of fields, heath and woodland, and on another day you walk north from Corfe Castle to the attractive town of Wareham.
In addition to the beauty of its villages and untamed landscape, especially its coastline, Purbeck is an area known for its traces of dinosaurs, whose footprints and fossilised bones have been found in several places, dating back over 65 million years.
Accommodation and services
Depending on availability, your accommodation will be in an attractive town or village in the heart of Purbeck for the duration of your self-guided walking tour.
The price of your holiday includes a full English breakfast each morning (or continental if you prefer) and a detailed and informative Trail Guide. We will also supply you with the relevant ordnance survey map, with the Footscape trail highlighted, as well as all other information that you will need for your holiday.
All prices are per person per night and in £ sterling
|Duration||Accom. option||Double / twin room||Single room|
|A+||from £180||from £260|
|4 to 6 nights||A2||£70||£110|
|A+||from £185||from £265|
|2 to 3 nights||A2||£75||£115|
|A+||from £190||from £270|
|A2 a comfortable B&B or simple village inn|
|A1 a good hotel, luxury inn or equivalent|
|A+ a reputed 16th century country house hotel|
|Occasionally we may propose accommodation with a standard and price between A1 & A2.|
|10% 10% discount for groups of 3 or more. For very large groups (10+), please contact us.|
|We can sometimes offer family rooms with special prices for children. Please give us details on the enquiry form.|
We are back in Canada and looking very fondly at our photographs of Dorset. The beauty of the landscapes is unforgettable. Thank you again for arranging such a wonderful experience. ”
Ras & Janani Grewal, Canada