By WALX Dorset Breaks and Tours at
We are excited to welcome you to the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, the home of Walx HQ. It’s a small peninsula with sea on three sides. The River Frome, which is most visible in the gateway town of Wareham, creates the ‘island’. For a relatively small patch of land, it has so much to offer and the walx we lead here aim to make the most of the landscape and the views. Purbeck has an undulating coastline with long golden beaches, hills, Jurassic geology, ancient history, fabulous local food and drink, a steam train, puffins, sea horses, but most notably, the iconic Corfe Castle which you will get to see from many unusual angles.
Corfe Castle guards the valley that comes up from the seaside town of Swanage back to the mainland. Now owned by the National Trust, its blockbusting 1000-year story is told here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle/features/1000-years-of-history .
The ancient village of Corfe has an equally fluctuating tale, originally the castle’s engine room housing stone masons and castle staff, it has latterly been a workforce provider for the local clay industry and the railway. It’s still a strong community with excellent pubs, restaurants, shops and a free museum in the smallest town hall in England. https://visitwareham.com/corfe/ lists all the places to see and visit. We currently frequent the Fox for post event beers and food, and The Pink Goat anytime, but have tried them all and have never been disappointed. We have lots of extra highlights to share and show you including how the Ancient Britons, Vikings, Romans, Oliver Cromwell, Lawrence of Arabia and Enid Blyton have left their footprints.
To discover more about the clay mines, visit the excellent http://purbeckminingmuseum.org/clay-history/ run by Swanage Railway volunteers. Ball clay is rare and is only found in a few places in the world. It came to the notice of potters in the Potteries during the 18th Century, and became a key ingredient used by Josiah Wedgwood.
There is SO much to see and do its hard to know where to stop for now! Old Harry Rocks, Blue Pool, Agglestone rock, Studland beach, Durlston County Park, RSPB Arne, Creech Barrow hill and Heaven’s Gate are all regular walx venues we love to share with visitors. World War history is evident everywhere in Purbeck and the Tank Museum is a very short distance away ‘off the island’.
To get a proper feel for Purbeck also try and visit:
• Purbeck Cider Company – Nestled in the heart of the Purbeck hills, a local farming family make the finest premium ciders using 100% single pressed British apples from some of Dorset’s long-forgotten traditional trees, including those in their own orchards
• Corfe Castle Stores – stockist of local produce, serving Corfe Castle and the Isle of Purbeck, with a Post Office
• Clavell’s Restaurant in Kimmeridge – a family that have farmed in Purbeck since the 1950’s who are passionate about offering delicious locally sourced food with delightful service at an attractive price
• The Fish Plaice – in Swanage has been serving traditional fish & chips for more than 20 years.
And we still haven’t talked about Kimmeridge fossils, Purbeck Ice Cream, Hattie Brown’s brewery, the world famous Square and Compass pub, buying seafood from the boats In Swanage, Victorian tourism, the nudists’ beach, Purbeck stone, and our white deer. All iconic in their own way, we can’t wait to meet you to show you so much more, please come and visit soon!