The Travel Book

The Travel Book – Old Harry Rocks, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset

If you are in Dorset anytime soon and the weather is good then there is one walk that you should do and that’s the walk from old Harry Rocks to Swanage. The start of the walk is a short distance away from the city of Bournemouth and you can either drive or get the bus 50 to get there.

This walk is fantastic – on a clear day to get a really clear view of both the Bournemouth and Swanage coastline as well As getting a glimpse of the vast Jurassic coastline. The walk up the cliff is a steep one but the views are worth it.


Old Harry Rocks is a three rock formation including a stack and stump on the isle of Purbeck and it’s a very wonderful sight to see it in all it’s glory.

There are many rumours in history as to why the set of rocks are called Old Harry. There are tales in books that a Devil had a sleep on the rocks, another says that the name comes after the Poole pirate Harry Paye.


The entire walk from old Harry rocks to Swanage will take a good couple of hours and is better to do it on a sunny day as it’s unsafe to walk any cliffs in bad weather. If you are looking for a nice stroll on a good day but stay away from cliff edges.

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