Purbeck Ridge (Corfe East Hill)

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Wildlife on the slopes and wonderful views from the top.



Purbeck Ridge: East Hill or Challows Hill

Site Details: 
Name of Location Purbeck Ridge (Corfe East Hill)
Highlights Views
  • Some parking nearby
  • No visitor facilities
  • Defined paths
OS Map Reference SY970830
Aspect Detail
Area Isle of Purbeck
Geology Chalk
Habitat Rough and Unimproved Pasture
Hazards for the less able: 
Hazard Commentsort descending Description
Steps 300 steep steps to the top (or to the bottom!)

Whilst designed to make passage up or down slopes easier steps can still be trial for people with mobiloity problems. Steps also deteriorate over time and, if not on public footpaths, may be in need of attention. Beware trips and falls on steps. 

Livestock Cattle are frequently grazed on top of the ridge here

Grazing by cows, sheep or horses is an essential part of the management plan on many reserves. The livestock themselves are not a hazard but their dung can be unpleasant and very slippery if you are unfortunate enough to step in it! Soft ground on reserves where cows are grazed can become very pitted, uneven and muddy. Some people, of course, are very nervous about being close to livestock. It is essential that dogs are kept on leads near livestock (but then should always be on leads on nature reserves) and it is also essential that gates are closed after you.

Steep Slopes The sides of the Purbeck ridge are steep which ever way you go to the top

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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