Our first walk down in Dorset had to be good and take us to several interesting features along the way. This one took us to Ballard Down via Old Harry Rocks and visited the Norman Church in Studland!

 

Date: 23rd August 2014 Ascent (m/ft): 383m (1257ft)
  Start Location: Studland Highest Point: Ballard Down Lower West Top (158m/518ft)
  Time Started: 10:40 Parking: National Trust Car Park by Studland Beach
  Duration: 4 Hours 8 Minutes Weather: Mostly Sunny
  Distance:

9.65km (5.99 Miles)

Difficulty: Easy
Studland - South West Coast Path - Old Harry Rocks - Ballard Point - Ballard Down East Top (117m/384ft) - Ballard Down Lower West Top (158m/518ft) - Woodhouse - Norman Church - Studland

The Isle of White across Poole Bay. You can just make out the lighthouse by The Needles.

Busy at the beach this morning.

Our path took us along the South West Coast Path to Old Harry Rocks in the centre of the photo.


Almost there - some fantastic coastal views today!


Old Harry Rocks.

Old Harry Rocks from the other side.

A view along the coast to The Pinnacles - amazing sea stacks!

The Pinnacles.

A view downhill to Old Harry Rocks and Poole Bay.

Poole Harbour and Poole Bay looking beautiful to the north.

And on the other side of the ridge is Swanage. Is it me or does this look more like the Caribbean!

Couldn't ask for a better view for the first walk of the week. Simply stunning.

The path down back to Studland took us past the white house you can see the other side of the fields.

This was a pleasant surprise - the Norman Church in Studland. A lovely building to visit.

Inside Studland Church.