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Isle of Purbeck Self Catering Holiday

The Isle of Purbeck is famous for it's long sandy beaches, quiet coves, peaceful countryside and rolling hills. In recent years the Isle of Purbeck has built a prestigious reputation for local food and the quality of its restaurants and public houses.

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Featured Purbeck Attraction

Durlston Country Park Swanage Dorset

Durlston Country Park - Coastal nature reserve near Swanage. www.durlston.co.uk

Studland Sea School Purbeck Dorset

Studland Sea School - Outdoor adventures in Purbeck studlandseaschool.co.uk

Swanage Steam Railway to Corfe Castle

Swanage Steam Railway - Classic steam railway between Corfe Castle and Swanage. swanagerailway.co.uk/

Swanage Dorset

The seaside town of Swanage is one of the most popular holiday destinations on Purbeck and is best known for the long sandy beach and traditional seaside entertainment. Swanage Beach is only a short walk from the heart of Swanage where you will find a number of small restaurants, cafes and shops. On the Southern end of the Bay is Swanage Pier and from here you can follow the coastal path to Durlston Country Park to see the Jurassic Coast. At the Northern end of Swanage the coastal path leads to Studland via Old Harry Rocks. Swanage has a traditional steam railway which runs to Corfe Castle.

Corfe Castle Dorset

The historic village of Corfe Castle is one of the icons of Purbeck as is best known for the ruined castle of Corfe Castle. The village at the base of the castle is made up of stone cottages and has a number of small shops including a bakery, sweet shop, and jewellery shop. The Swanage Steam Railway runs from near the centre of the village to the coast at Swanage and coastal walks along the Purbeck hills also run to Swanage. The castle of Corfe Castle is open to the public and you can explore the ruins and enjoy the views over Purbeck.

Studland Dorset

Studland is located on the North East coast of Purbeck and adjoins the long sandy beach which stretches for several miles North of the village. The village has a shop, a local pub and a number of places to eat. Studland Beach is known for the excellent swimming water and a increasing population of sea horses which have become the emblem of the village. Behind the beach there is Studland Beach nature reserve which is made up of dunes, heathland and lakes. The reserve is an important location for migrating birds and bird hides have been set up to observe them in the wild.

Worth Matravers Dorset

Worth Matravers is a traditional Dorset village on the Isle of Purbeck and has an excellent village pub and pond side restaurant. The centre of the village gathers around the village green and duck pond from where footpaths lead down to the coast and the bay at Winspit. Worth Matravers is one of many villages on Purbeck with direct access to the Jurassic Coast and a history or hand quarrying and smuggling connected to the coast and of which evidence still remains. From Worth Matravers one can join the Purbeck coastal path along the Jurassic Coast to Dancing Ledge in the East or St Aldhelms Head in the West.

Langton Matravers Dorset

Langton Matravers is located a short drive from Swanage in a quiet location on the Purbeck Hills. From Langton there are views of the sea over Swanage and across the Purbeck Hills. This peaceful village is connected to the Jurassic Coast via numerous footpaths and it is a short walk to the sea at Dancing Ledge. The Priests Way also connects Langton to Worth Matravers as well as down the hill to Swanage. Langton Matravers has a small shop and post office as well as two public houses and a children’s play area.

Kingston Dorset

The small Purbeck village of Kingston is high on the hill above Corfe Castle and has wonderful views over rural Purbeck. The village has a good public house and friendly local atmosphere. Kingston is a short walk from several Jurassic Coast locations along the Purbeck coast including Chapmans Pool, Swyre Head, and Houns Tout.

Acton Dorset

Acton is a beautiful hamlet located between Langton Matravers and Worth Matravers. The narrow streets of stone cottages are a unique sight and built of local Purbeck stone. Acton is a Jurassic Coast village and has footpaths running down to Dancing Ledge and across to Winspit as well as to Swanage or Worth Matravers along the Priests Way or the coastal path.

Wareham Dorset

The town of Wareham sits at the gateway to Purbeck and has a thriving town centre with cafes, bakers, butchers, a traditional cinema and numerous public houses and restaurants. Around Wareham are many beautiful Purbeck sites including Wareham forest and Arne Nature Reserve. Wareham sits on the bank of a river and this can be enjoyed by hiring a rowing boat and rowing along the reed covered banks filled with wildlife.

Purbeck Eating Out

Scott Arms - Kingston, Dorset

Good pub food with a garden overlooking Kingston and Purbeck hills.

Olivers Bistro - Corfe Castle, Dorset

Cafe and bistro in Corfe Castle Purbeck.

Shell Bay Restaurant - Studland, Dorset

Seafood restaurant with good food and view of the sea.

Square and Compass - Worth Matravers, Dorset

Traditional country pub with local beer and live music.

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