5th Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival set to be best yet

The beautiful Isle of Purbeck in Dorset is a walkers’ paradise. From coast to countryside, the variety is unsurpassed. Despite the Jurassic Coast being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this jewel on the South Coast is still one of Britain’s best kept secrets! The area is full of diverse habitats, such as wild heathland, and covers many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whether you choose a stroll along one of the award-winning beaches around beautiful Victorian Swanage, a serious hike along The South West Coast Path, or a walk in the hinterland, visitors cannot fail to be charmed as every footstep offers a new delight.

Organisers of the 5th annual Swanage and Purbeck festival which runs from 20-28th September 2014 are particularly delighted with this year’s varied programme, which has been put together for all ages and interests. Some even include a pub lunch, or steam train ride home.

Festival organiser Andy Pedrick said: “ We are thrilled with how the festival has grown, we have learnt a terrific amount about what really works since our launch in 2009. This year in particular we have lots of themed walks. We have a wealth of knowledge locally, from our volunteer guides, so there should be something for everyone, covering all tastes and fitness abilities.”

Themed walks have proved tremendously popular in the past, so walkers this year can take part and learn about everything from smuggling to art and literature. The area’s strong military history is just one good example on the programme. From the Civil War at Corfe Castle as well the anniversaries of both World Wars, these three walks should be a fascinating delve into the area’s historic past. Children are also catered for with ‘new for 2014’, a family weekend Bug Walk. Truly something for everyone.

For full programme details please visit www.walkswanage.com