Carnival of Walking


Fri-Sun Jul 27th-29th


Nick and Rachael


£55 (including supplement) per person for the 2 nights in dorms; option to stay for 3rd night, contact organiser for details


We are staying at the recently refurbished YHA Swanage, situated minutes from the beach with great views over the bay. This weekend sees the start of the Swanage Carnival featuring music, fireworks, water and land sports, treasure hunts, and the magnificent two mile carnival procession on the seafront on Sunday afternoon.

Friday night sees the ever present homemade chilli from scratch for weary travellers. We can then go into town to sample the live music on Sandpit Field. Early arrivals can explore the carnival show and beach.

Saturday: We start our 10 mile walk along the South West Coast Path to Old Harry Rocks, where we can take in the wonderful vista. We then head onward to Studland Bay, taking in the Pill Box on the beach and up to Lord Henry Barracks. Option to stop at the the Café on the Beach or walk up to the pub with its breathtaking views across Bournemouth Harbour. Route then crosses Studland Hill, up to the Obelisk onto Round Down then back to town. The town will be bustling with Carnival folk and there will be enormous amounts to do in the late afternoon. We may arrange an impromptu barbecue at the hostel or a choice of pub / restaurants in town. Saturday night highlights include live music at the Sandpit Marquee and the spectacular firework display at 9:45pm.

Sunday: Our 8 mile circular walk will take in the South West Coast Path heading west, passing Durlston Country Park and viewpoints. We will return to the beachfront for the carnival procession at 3:00pm. After the procession we head back up to Sandpit Field for drinks at the Marquee and the music. Also option to travel on the Swanage Steam Railway to Corfe Castle.

Monday: For those staying another night we will spend the evening at the Carnival with live music and talent shows into the small hours. After packing up we take the challenge of the tricky but rewarding Carnival Treasure Hunt then say our goodbyes with a last drink in town.


Lots of cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops everywhere


Car via M3 (A31) to Poole, parking free at the hostel. Car sharing may be available nearer the time. Train from Waterloo via Wareham to Swanage.


YHA Swanage, Cluny Crescent, Swanage, BH19 2BS. Sharing in single sex dorms, places are very limited. There will also be an option to camp. For details of campsites contact the organiser. Note, campers will need to book direct with campsites and arrange own transport to start of walks.