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Purbeck Countryside Guide

The Purbeck Countryside Guide tells you about the places to visit in the area and how to get there by public transport, plus walking and cycling routes.

Purbeck offers you a unique experience. Where else in the world can you see peregrines, Lulworth skippers, Dorset heath and early spider orchids? Unfortunately this marvellous countryside is under pressure - to ensure that you and future generations can continue to enjoy it, we need your help to  protect the countryside (opens in a new window).

Did you know?

  • the butterfly called the Lulworth skipper was first discovered near Durdle Door in 1832
  • Durlston Country Park is one of the best places in the country to see Dolphins

  • the Purbeck heaths support more sand lizards and smooth snakes than anywhere else in the country

You can download your own copy of the Purbeck Countryside Guide (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window).

  • Cattle at Hartland Moor Purbeck's landscapes and habitats

    Find out about the different types of landscapes and habitats found in Purbeck.

  • Upton Wood Places to visit in the Purbeck countryside

    Find details of places to visit in Purbeck's countryside, including nature reserves, open spaces, woodlands, forests, marine reserves, heathlands and country parks.

  • View from the Purbeck Way West walking route Recreation in Purbeck's Countryside

    Find out about walking and cycling routes in Purbeck. They form a network of footpaths, bridleways and quiet roads enabling you to visit the Purbeck countryside without your car.

  • The Jurassic Coast Bus Getting around Purbeck

    Purbeck has a variety of ways to travel around the area including steam trains, the Jurassic Coast bus or boats. You can leave the car behind and travel around Purbeck completely car free.

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