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There are plenty of places to see and visit around Purbeck. Whether you love hiking or cycling, Purbeck is a region where 20 hidden gems are waiting to be explored and visited. Check the top places to visit in the region and plan your next adventure today.

The top 20 Attractions around Purbeck

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    Durdle Door

    Hiking Highlight

    Great natural spectacle. totally impressive

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    Corfe Castle

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Arguably the UK's most beautiful medieval castle ruins, Corfe Castle's history goes back over a millennia and it has long benefitted from its dominant position on the steep-sided chalk hill. …

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    Old Harry Rocks

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    The bridleway that circumnavigates Handfast Point gives you the perfect opportunity to marvel at these three huge chalk formations. From hereto can also soak up one of the most iconic …

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    Corfe Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    This fantastic ruin dates back to the 11th century and was built by William the Conqueror. It occupies a gap in the chalk hills and dominates the landscape. It underwent …

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    Old Harry Rocks

    Hiking Highlight

    These chalk formations are said to have received their name either as a reference to pirate Harry Poole, or because the Devil ("Old Harry") took a nap on them once. …

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    Swanage Beach

    Hiking Highlight

    Swanage beach stretches along the town's entire seafront and is mostly sandy with some pebble sections. There's plenty to do here, and the beach has lifeguards at the swimming section …

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    Cakes are served on the cart that was used to carry T E Lawrence's (aka Lawrence of Arabia) coffin to his final resting place - just a few metres down …

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    Lulworth Cove

    Hiking Highlight

    With a white pebble beach and clean turquoise waters, the horseshoe bay of Lulworth Cove is an extremely picturesque place to find yourself. At low tide, you can explore lots of rock pools that are teeming with life.

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    Arne

    Bike Touring Highlight

    RSPB Nature Reserve and it has a cafe.
    Great views, beautiful walks. Cafe excellent and staff very friendly.
    Obviously pretty good for birders and there were some very excited 'twitcher' …

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    10

    Bat's Head

    Hiking Highlight

    Bat's Head is a chalk headland on the Dorset coast. At the base of the headland is a small bat's cave. From atop the cliffs, you are afforded wonderful views …

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    The Old Town Hall at Corfe Castle was passed to the Town Trust in 1888 and at that time was already more than 200 years old. The ground floor was …

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    Worbarrow Bay

    Hiking Highlight

    An exceptionally pretty semi-circular bay, this is a wonderful place for a swim or to simply admire the stunning chalk cliffs. Worbarrow Bay is part of the Jurassic Coast UNESCO …

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    Kit P
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    Arne RSPB

    Road Cycling Highlight

    A fantastic nature reserve, made very popular by an appearance on BBC Springwatch. It has variable habitats including deciduous and coniferoues woodlands, heath and a small stretch of beach in …

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    The earliest known incumbent is recorded in 1280. It was named after St Edward the Martyr who was murdered on 18th March 978 on the orders of Queen Alfthryth, his …

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    Velo Lounge Cafe

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Refreshment stop & bike garage in Wool. Currently open. Facebook link: facebook.com/pg/veloloungeuk/reviews/?ref=page_internal
    Really welcoming and well though of. Have bicycle supplies and service bikes as well. Perfick.
    They offer servicing for bikes too.

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    Kimmeridge Bay

    Hiking Highlight

    Kimmeridge Bay is small and pretty, facing south west to Portland. A site of conservation, the bay is an exceptional spot for snorkelling as well as investigating rock pools. The …

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    St Aldhelm's Chapel

    Hiking Highlight

    St Aldhelm's Chapel is one of the oldest churches in England and is a Grade I-listed building. The Norman chapel, situated on the high outcrop of St Aldhelm's Head, was named after the Bishop of Sherbourne who died in 709AD.

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    Stair Hole

    Hiking Highlight

    Stair Hole is a small cove where you can see the extraordinary folds of limestone strata known as the ‘Lulworth Crumple’. The unique rock structure was created during the Alpine orogeny and exposed by subsequent erosion.

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    Fossil Forest

    Hiking Highlight

    The beach at the foot of Bindon Hill boasts the most complete fossil record of a Jurassic forest in the entire world. Designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest …

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    Anvil Point Lighthouse

    Hiking Highlight

    Anvil Point Lighthouse, situated within Durleston Country Park, was completed in 1881 to warn ships of the hazardous seas nearby. These days, the lighthouse is open for guided tours and …

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