women walking

Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival

Posted on 24/08/2016 in News

Held on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, the Swanage & Purbeck walking festival is returning for its 7th year, so get your walking boots ready and prepare to explore the amazing scenery of Dorset. With new routes and old favourites available the walking festival offers a range of enlightening walks for every fitness level to explore the local area.

The event takes place on Saturday 17th September to the following Sunday on the 25th with several walks taking place every day throughout the festival.

What Walks are Available?

swanage coast

With a total of 25 different walks available the festival will guide you to all the best walking spots around Swanage and Purbeck. Some of the favourites include the Old Harry Rocks which takes a linear route around the Studland beach giving spectacular views over Poole Harbour and Swanage. There are also a range of coastal walks that explore the ever changing coastline including the mysterious lost village of Tyneham.

Walk durations can range from a few (2-3) hours long to an all-day event (6+ hours). Every walk also has its own grade from easy to hard which is a good indication of how physically demanding the walk is. To find out more information about the Swanage & Purbeck walking festival be sure to visit their official website with a detailed schedule of the event.

Who Leads The Walks?

Each walk has its own leader in charge of leading the group and making sure everyone reaches the destination. Some of the leaders includes Andy Pedrick who owns the Jurassic Jaunts business and has walked on the Dorset coast for over 20 years. He has been leading walks in the area for over 10 years and is a member of the long distance walkers association.

The leading guide for the festival is David Leadbetter, who has been leading walks for 25 years and his lived in Swanage most of his life. He focuses on natural and local history and has led numerous walks through different organisations.

Where Can I Get Tickets?

All walks cost a fixed fee of £3.50 per person and are limited to 15 places, so be sure to book your place as soon as possible.

All places for walks can be booked online with more in depth details about each individual walk including the total distance covered and estimated duration of each walk. To view the range of walks available and prices be sure to check out the official website.

Rest Your Weary Legs


If you’re planning on taking attending one of the walks during the Swanage & Purbeck festival, then be sure to book your stay at the Springfield Country Hotel. After a long day of walking you’ll be eager to relax in our outstanding on site facilities including outdoor swimming pool, sauna, spa and games room. As you can see, here at the Springfield we’re much more than just a place to stay for the night.

You can check our room availability by clicking here.