Ballard Down


Visited by many for the walk to Old Harry Rocks but the south facing escarpment slope provides an abundance of flowers and is a prime site for butterflies. 


 

Ballard Down: off to see old Harry

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Site Details: 
Name of Location Ballard Down
Highlights Butterflies, Chalk grassland flora
Facilities
  • Some parking nearby
  • No visitor facilities
  • Defined paths
OS Map Reference SZ050822
Aspect Detail
Area Isle of Purbeck
Manager National Trust
Hazards for the less able: 
Hazard Commentsort descending Description
Rough Ground The footpath up the escarpment is just a track and very uneven

Nature reserves exist for the wildlife and plants that are found there and are not always visitor friendly, especially some smaller reserves. The ground on some reserves can be very rough going even when there are paths present and would not be passable by those who are less mobile.

Steep Slopes The south escarpment has a steep slope and is a hard climb

Escarpments and downland are often left unfarmed and so have a diversity of plant life and become designated as nature reserves to protect those species that are present. Steep slopes in such environments can be a struggle to climb and the risk of falling will always be present and special care is needed. 

More site photos (see also link below): 

This map shows the location of the reserve (purple marker) and access points to the reserve (yellow markers). You can use the Google map controls to zoom in get a more detailed idea of where it is and where to park. If you click on a marker more information about directions,  sat nav co-ordinates and parking will display.

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