GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Old Harry Rocks Walk

4 miles (6 km)

This circular walk visits the local landmark of Old Harry Rocks on the Dorset coast, near Studland. It's a popular walk with wonderful views towards Sandbanks, Poole Harbour and the Isle of Wight.
The threestriking chalkformations mark the most easterly point of theJurassic Coast. The rocks are thought to be named afterHarry Paye, the infamous Poolepirate. His ship would lay in wait for passing merchant ships, using the rocks as cover.
You can park at the South Beach car park in Studland to start your walk. From here you pick up a nice flat footpath along the South West Coast Path to take you to the rocks. It's about a one mile stroll from the parking area to the rocks, with a seated viewpoint along the way. The path passes through chalk grassland with lots of pretty wildflowers to look out for in the summer months.
From the rocks you can then climb towards Ballard Point where you pick up a section of the Purbeck Way to take you across Ballard Down. You then descend back into Studland on a country lane, passing the Glebeland Estate. The route then heads to the pretty Norman Church of St Nicholas which dates from the 12th century, although there has been a church on this site from Saxon times.You can follow a public footpath through the church grounds which leads you back to the car park.
At the end of your walk you can enjoy refreshments at the Bankes Arms pub on Manor Road. It has a great beer garden overlooking Studland Bay.
To extend your walking in the area you could head north and explore the lovely Studland Heath Nature Reserve. Here you will find way marked trails taking you through sand dunes and heathland with a variety of wildlife to look out for. The heath leads into Godlingstone Heath where you can visit the impressive Agglestone Rock. The large sandstone block sits in an elevated position and commands wonderful views across the heaths to the coast.
Continuing west along the Purbeck Way from Ballard Down will take you to the village of Corfe Castle with its ruined castle and pretty cottages.
You can virtually explore the area around Old Harry by clicking on the Google Street View link below.


BH19 3AU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Old Harry Rocks OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Old Harry Rocks Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Bankes Arms Inn in Studland is a nice place for some post exercise refreshments. The Inn has a wonderful garden area with glorious views across Studland Bay towards Poole, Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight. There's some interesting history too as the pub dates all the way back to the 16th century and is made of Purbeck Stone.
You can find them at postcode BH19 3AU for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

It's a lovely bracing walk to do with your dog. Do be carefull near the cliff edges though - it is probably best to keep them on leads in these areas.
The Bankes Arms mentioned above is dog friendly.


On the edge of Old Harry Rocks - - 1095749

On the edge of Old Harry Rocks

Path to Old Harry Rocks - - 1319351

Path to Old Harry Rocks

Approaching Old Harry Rocks - - 1052343

Approaching Old Harry Rocks

Purbeck , Handfast Point and Old Harry Rocks - - 1711922

Handfast Point with Old Harry behind the furthest rock

Coast path west of Handfast Point - - 767189

Coast path west of Handfast Point

Studland, coast path - - 2441007

Studland, coast path

Studland , Glebeland Estate Road - - 1712514

Studland , Glebeland Estate Road

Studland, thatched cottages - - 2431687

Studland, thatched cottages


GPS Files

GPX File

Old Harry Rocks.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Old Harry Rocks.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)