Isle of Purbeck and East Dorset

The Purbeck Hills are one of the finest landscape features in Dorset. They extend from the much eroded Handfast Point (or The Foreland) in the east for some fifteen miles to the cliffs of Cow Corner and the lonely cove of Arish Mell in the west. These chalk hills are not a continuous ridge, but are broken by the gap at Ulwell and the twin gaps at Corfe Castle. Seen from a distance these surging blue hills owe their character to the rounded outlines that billow between the gaps. Their highest points are Godlingston Hill in the east, and Ridgeway Hill in the west,

'If one wanted to show a foreigner England, perhaps the wisest course would be to take him to the final section of the Purbeck Hills, and stand him on their summit, a few miles to the east of Corfe.' So wrote E.M. Forster in Howards End. The section he had in mind stretches from Corfe Castle to Ballard Down, overlooking Old Harry, with its views over the Studland peninsula and Poole Bay as far as the Isle of Wight.

A theme in Howards End, published in 1910, is the creeping urbanisation of southern England. Forster lists the Purbeck Hills among a dwindling number of 'survivals' standing firm against the red brick tide, and he is pessimistic about their future.

Fortunately his pessimism was unfounded, in this instance at least, and they remain unspoiled to inspire us.

See more about The Isle of Purbeck - http://www.isleofpurbeck.com/ and https://www.dorsets.co.uk/purbeck

On this holiday we visit Corfe Castle, Durdle Dooor and Lulworth Cove as well as sea cliffs close to Worth Matravers, a superb inland village.

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Majorca April 2016 - it was absolutely fabulous! I cannot praise Ian highly enough. I was a weaker walker and was never made to feel anything but a welcome member of the group. Ian had thoroughly researched each walk and let us know exactly what to expect. It was also reassuring that they were planned such that one could dip out a bit early if too tired to make it all the way back. I had complete confidence in Ian as a leader, preparing us for what was ahead, there with a strong hand to guide if needed, reassuringly reminding us to take our time and making sure we had sufficient water breaks. He also very kindly took the time to mark my map with all the walks we'd done. Ian had the perfect attitude, fun, friendly, caring, knowledgable and thoroughly professional throughout. The walks were also designed with maximum variety of terrain and interest.

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