Outdoor Activities in Purbeck

June 14th, 2018

The Isle of Purbeck is home to a wealth of outdoor activity providers. If you’re feeling adventurous during your stay at Ulwell Holiday Park in Swanage, why not try one of the many watersports activities on offer? For an adrenaline fuelled day out you could try kayaking, coasteering or stand up paddle boarding. More leisurely outdoor pursuits include cycling and rowing boat hire.

Here’s our pick of outdoor activities in Purbeck

Cycle Hire in Purbeck

The are many miles of well maintained cycles routes across Purbeck, with terrain to suit all members of the family. Whether you’re an avid cyclist looking for tricky mountain bike trails or an easy route that the kids will love, you’ll certainly find something for all levels of ability. Why not combine your cycle with exploring one of the nearby towns, villages or beauty spots. If you don’t fancy riding both ways you could always catch the steam train back!


Centrally located within Purbeck Park, near Corfe Castle Cyclexperience offer cycle hire in an ideal location to get on your bike and explore. Booking is highly recommended, especially during busy times. A delivery service is also available on request – just get in touch to discuss your plans. The staff are also on hand to suggest routes from a one hour ride to a full day touring.

Cyclexperience has just released a handy App which has GPS routes to take the stress out of exploring! Get it here on Google Play and the App Store.

Prices: Prices depend on the type of bike you wish to hire. Accessories such as helmets and bike trailers are also available to rent.
Booking: recommended. Book online or call 01929 481606

Website: https://www.cyclex.co.uk/hire-dorset


Watersports on the Jurassic Coast

Cumulus Outdoors

Why not let outdoor activity specialists guide you on an adventure to remember? With Cumulus Outdoors you can get involved in a number of outdoor adventure activities, including coasteering, climbing, bushcraft courses, kayaking, guided mountain biking, tag archery and even a high ropes course!

Coasteering has got to be one of the best ways to explore the Dorset Coast. You’ll discover hidden coastal secrets by swimming, walking, scrambling and jumping into the sea. All equipment is provided but you need to be able to swim 50m. There are always two professional guides on hand for your enjoyment and safety. This is an exhilarating experience you won’t forget!

coasteering in Dorset

Or you could learn some new skills to take home from your holiday with a bushcraft course in Dorset… Great for family bonding – enjoy each other’s company in an outdoor environment, learn new skills, explore the wilderness, laugh and have fun together.


Prices: Varies dependent on activity.
Booking: Call 01929 555 111 or book online

Other activities: See all the adventure experiences on offer!

Website: www.cumulusoutdoors.com


Explore Wareham on a rowing boat

Rowing Boat Hire

Looking for an adventure at a slower pace? Pack up a picnic and head to Wareham Quay. From here you can hire a rowing boat and pootle along the River Frome in either direction. Head upstream to spot local wildlife or downstream past the Quay to see all the boats and yachts moored along the banks.

You can hire by the half hour up to a full day and all buoyancy aids are included. Wareham Boat Hire also offers kayaks, canoes paddle boards and even motor boats (if you really want to cheat!). Once you’ve honed your rowing skills, why not treat yourself to some local fish and chips to replenish the energy stores?


Prices: Hire cost start at £15 for half hour on a rowing boat or £25 for a motor boat.
Booking: Not necessary but can book by phone 01929 550688

Opening Times: March – September 7 days a week weather & tide permitting. Bookings only out of season.
Other activities: Wareham Boat Hire also offer kayaks, canoes and paddle board.

Website: www.warehamboathire.co.uk


Adventure for all the family

Dorset Waterpark

Just a few miles down the road from Ulwell Holiday Park is the hugely popular Dorset Waterpark. Featuring two lakes with views of the magnificent Corfe Castle, spend an hour of pure fun jumping and splashing around the inflatable obstacles. Advance booking is highly recommended, as the waterpark gets very busy!

If you’re in the mood for something a little different, there’s also an extremely popular mud trail. There are over 50 muddy obstacles to contend with as you navigate your way around the course.


Prices: from £12.50 per person
Booking: Book online or call 01929 505030

Opening Times: Weekends 10:00 until 18:00 and School Holidays 7 days a week 10:00 until 18:00

Website: dorsetwaterpark.co.uk


Snorkelling at Kimmeridge Bay

Kimmeridge Bay Snorkel Trail

The mild and shallow waters of Kimmeridge Bay are the perfect place to see a rich array of marine life. The marked trail is open from May to September. Pop into the Fine Foundation Marine Centre near the slipway for more advice, hire of masks and snorkels and to purchase your trail guide. This little centre is a treasure trove of marine goodies – be sure to visit if you’re passing by.


Prices: The trail map costs £3 inc. postage. You can also buy a copy online. Masks and snorkels can be hired at a cost of £5 per set with a refundable deposit of £20 per set.
Booking: Not necessary.

Opening Times: The trail is only in place from May to September each year. DWT wardens at the Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre, by the slipway in the bay are only available April – October, open daily 10.30am until 5pm.
Other activities: Kimmeridge Bay is the perfect base to do a spot of rockpooling or venture onto the South West Coast Path.

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/snorkelling_trail.html


Segway Hire in Dorset

We know it’s not in Purbeck, but Upton Country Park is a great day out for all the family. During your visit, why not explore the grounds by Segway? Using only your balance and two wheels you will adventure through miles of off-road pathways, woodland and along the shores of Poole Harbour, before returning to the café at Upton House for a well earned piece of cake!



Prices: from £15
Booking: Pre booking is essential during holiday periods and weekends. Call 0118 334 1807

Website: www.dorsetsegways.co.uk

What our guests say

  • A gem of a place

    Sandra, Winchester

    What a find. I almost don’t want to tell you about it.

    It’s a family park with lovely, mostly new, fresh, clean spacious caravans – all set out almost in steps on the side of a small hill. The larger hill rises behind you, the sea spreads out in front and the swimming pool beckons behind the bar.

    The people are friendly, the site is clean and welcoming and the scenery unbeatable. It’s a gem of a place.

  • Always my no.1 choice when visiting Swanage


    Always my no.1 choice when visiting Swanage. A truly wonderful location, lying under the stunning Ballard Down and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Being only a 10 min walk from Swanage and the coast means it’s conveniently located for all amenities.

    The staff are always very helpful to sort out any problems and keep the site in fantastic condition. A 5-star park.

  • Friendly, clean & well kept

    Cheshire, UK

    Stayed here as a base to tour Isle of Purbeck and go on to Air show in Bournemouth. Not the cheapest site but definitely the cleanest and well thought out.

    Swimming pool , shop and pub/restaurant all in proximity and well kept/stocked. Bus stop right outside entrance. Grass pitches have plenty of space and well drained with shower blocks water/ drain points really handy.

    Will definitely be using this site again.

  • Lovely weekend

    Tina, London

    We have just returned from a lovely weekend caravanning at Ulwell Cottage Caravan Park.
    Lovely clean site with indoor heated pool. We went in the pool around 5pm and were the only ones in there (apart from life guard) it was lovely and warm and clean.

    We walked to old Harry’s rock and then Down into Swanage itself and had fish and chips and an ice cream.
    Staff on the site were helpful and friendly. Lovely stay.

  • Our second, lovely Christmas at Ulwell

    Jane P, Cheltenham

    After the success of Christmas 2016 at Ulwell, we returned again for Christmas 2017 and had another great time. Lovely warm caravan, peaceful and relaxing on site and a fantastic carvery on Boxing Day at The Village Inn.

    Thanks to all staff who were working and made sure we had such a great break away.

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From Bournemouth via the Sandbanks chain ferry and following the B3351 into Swanage.

Please note: The Sandbanks Ferry will be out of action until at least October.

From Wareham using the A351 into Swanage, turn left along the seafront towards Studland.


The park is situated on the main bus route from Bournemouth to Swanage.


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