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Old Harry Rocks

Visit some amazing rock formations on the Jurassic Coast

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Old Harry Rocks on the Jurassic Coast in Purbeck. Photo by Cenk


Visit some amazing rock formations on the Jurassic Coast

Enjoy a coastal walk to the stunning Old Harry Rocks with its breathtaking views of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. The walk offers the visitor at chance to get up close to the three chalk stacks known as Old Harry on the Jurassic Coastline. These stacks mark the most eastern point of the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The chalk stacks were at one time part of a chalk seam that stretched from Purbeck to the Isle of White, including the Needles. Old Harry would have started as a headland, with the sea exploiting a crack in the chalk, slowing eroding it to form a cave. Over time the cave eventually eroded into an area which then collapsed to leave the stack we see today. In the 18th century people could still walk from the headland of Handfast Point to Old Harry. Old Harry used to have a wife which collapsed in 1896 to leave a stump.

Due to the isolation of the stacks they have been colonised by breeding marine birds. The cliff tops with their chalk grasslands are also a haven for grasses, wildflowers, birds and insects. You may also be luck enough to spot a dolphin or two in the sea below!

The site is managed by The National Trust and you can find more details of the walk on the National Trust website page for Old Harry Rocks.

The closest car park and a good point to start the walk to Old Harry Rocks is the National Trust South Beach Car Park, Studland

Read more about the local visitor attractions along Purbeck’s Jurassic Coast. 

The drone photo above of Old Harry Rocks is by local photographer Cenk (see more of Cenk’s photos on his website)



South Beach Car Park Studland BH19 3AU




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