Bournemouth is blessed with some of the finest scenery in the
UK. So whether you are looking to have a gentle walk with your family or
something more challenging here is our roundup of the top walks to try out in
Boscombe Pier is a musical pier. Walk down to Boscombe beach
or stroll to the end of Boscombe Pier to enjoy the sea air or for a top photo
opportunity. You will discover many beautiful musical instruments as you wander
along this Pier. These instruments are not only handcrafted but made especially
for the Pier.
Brownsea Island is located in Poole Harbour and it offers
spectacular views across the Purbeck Hills. It features thriving natural
habitats including a lagoon, heathland, and woodland. It is a unique haven for
wildlife such as the red squirrel and a wide range of birds, including
oystercatchers, sandwich terns, kingfishers, and dunlin. At the Outdoor Centre,
you can follow in the footsteps of the first scouts to camp here and that of
Lord Baden Powell. Brownsea Island is a wildlife sanctuary that is easy to
get to and gives you a feeling of another world.
Kingston Lacy is a lavish family home that resembles an
Italian Palace. With the rooms teeming with paintings by Brueghel, Titian, Van
Dyck, and Rubens, this is an art lover’s dream. The Egyptian Room features one
of the largest collections of Egyptian artefacts in the UK. Wander around the
Japanese Garden or take a sheltered walk through the surrounding woodland.
There are lots to see on the 8500 acres of the estate from water meadows to
Iron Age forts and even a Roman road.
Corfe Castle is one of the UK’s most evocative and iconic
English Civil War survivors. It is a favourite haunt for children and adults
alike. With breathtaking views across Purbeck, the romantic castle ruins will
definitely captivate you. Try local walks with great views from heath and hill.
You can also follow the Purbeck Ridgeway to the sea and come back by steam
Cerne Giant is an ancient naked figure sculpted into the chalk
hillside above Cerne Abbas. It stands at 180 ft tall and it is one of the
largest chalk hill figures in Britain. There is a rectangular earthwork
enclosure above the Giant known as the Trendle. The Trendle is believed to date
back to the Iron Age, and it is still used as a site for May Day celebrations
by local Morris Dancers. It offers different viewpoints in different lights as
the Giant can sometimes look starkly white or be a faint outline at other times.
There is also a short walk up to the Giant’s feet and Giant’s View car park
offers the best viewing spot.
Discover more than 2000 years of history at Old Sarum. For
views over the Wiltshire plains, climb the mighty ramparts. You can discover
the Iron Age hill fort; conquer the royal castle which stood high on the motte
and stand in Salisbury’s original cathedral footprint. Discover how the Saxon,
Normans, and Romans all left their mark on this impressive landscape. You will
find beautiful paths on the 19 acres of grass chalk land that surrounds Old
Sarum in Wiltshire.