Old Harry Rocks, Dorset
Dorset lies at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The chalk cliff coastline is stunning & standing tall at the southern end of Studland Bay is one of the most famous landmarks on the South Coast – Old Harry Rocks. Formed over millions of years, the chalk stacks mark the end of the 154km Jurassic Coast, the fossil-rich line of cliffs that span 185 million years.
It is a lovely walk through the chalky grassland along the coastal path to Old Harry Rocks. The views, particularly on a blue-sky day, are nothing short of spectacular. Overlooking Studland Bay, you can take in Bournemouth and Poole, the Isle of Wight and then further towards Swanage. We did a circular walk that lasted around 3 hours including a lunch stop. Old Harry itself is very sheer with some risking life & limb to climb across its narrow precipice. I chose the safer option of viewing from firmer ground.
We drove via Bournemouth to the ferry at Sandbanks which took us to Studland Nature Reserve. From one of the car parks you can spend a couple of hours wandering along the paths of this gorgeous natural reserve. There are beach activities at Knoll Beach, cafes & be sure to check out the view from The Pig – on the Beach preferably whilst sipping on a refreshing beverage.