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Name and cliff scene logo on green discPurbeck Way

24 km / 15 miles

A route through varied scenery including riverside, heathland, woodland and downland, taking in Corfe Castle, the Purbeck Hills and the dramatic Dorset coast. The Purbeck Way West (12 miles and waymarked) leads from the Purbeck Way at Wareham to Coombe Keynes with a loop to Lulworth. Both link with the Wareham Forest Way (13 miles and waymarked) at Wareham. See Stour Valley Way (Dorset).


Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Name and cliff scene logo on green disc
Name and cliff scene logo on green disc
Challenging; Coastal; Downland/Wolds
SY924871 - Wareham, Dorset
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SZ040786 - Swanage, Dorset
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Four Walks in Purbeck (Discover Purbeck Information Centre)
Wareham Forest Way (Discover Purbeck Information Centre)
External PDF
Purbeck Way (Dorset County Council - 2015)


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger
OS Landranger Active
OS Explorer
OS Explorer Active
Other Paper Maps:
ZigZag 16 Stripmap
Purbeck Way & Wareham Forest Way (Yellow Publications - May 2016)

Walking Support Providers:

Support Providers
Walking, Hiking and Cycling Holidays (Let's Go Walking! Ltd)

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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Bunk House
3 Km
< 1 Km
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Dormers  (bookable online)
3 Km
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2 Heath Cottages  (bookable online)
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Rivendell Guest House  (bookable online)
1 Km
23 Km
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23 Km

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Route Profile:

27.6 Km (17.1 miles)
658 m (2,159 ft) ascent
135 m (443 ft)  maximum height