GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Swyre Head

2 miles (2.5 km)

Visit the highest point of the Purbeck Hills on this coastal walk in Dorset. On a clear day the views are simply breathtaking in all directions.
There is a car park at the end of West Street about a mile south west of the village of Kingston. This short route to the summit starts from here but you could also start from the village if you prefer. If you're coming by public transport then starting from Corfe Castle is a good option. All these start points make use of a section of the The Hardy Way to take you to the hill summit. It's a great spot standing at an elevation of 208m (682ft) and commanding views as far as Dartmoor and the Isle of Portland near Weymouth. The Isle of Wight, Lulworth Cove, Poole Harbour and much of the Purbeck Hills are also visible on a clear day. If you feel like extending your walk you can continue along the Hardy Way to Kimmeridge Bay where there are rock pools with a variety of marine wildlife. Here there is also a nice circular walk to Chapmans Pool to try.
The little village of Kingston is also worth visiting with its Victorian Grade I listed church and 18th century village pub. Beyond that the trail heads to Corfe Common and Corfe Castle.

Swyre Head Postcode

BH20 5LP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Swyre Head OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Swyre Head Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Footpath to Swyre Head - - 160988

Footpath to Swyre Head

View west from Swyre Head - - 31348

View west from Swyre Head. Swalland farm on the left, Smedmore House on the right and Kimmeridge Bay in the distance.

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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