Activity: Aggelstone Rock from Knowle Beach

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Price: £6.00

  • Distance: 4 Miles
  • Date: Sun 3rd December
  • Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Location Name: Studland Knoll Beach National Trust Car Park
  • Address: Knoll Beach, Hardys Road, Studland BH19 3AH, United Kingdom
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Main Instructor:

Nicola Newman

Hosted By:

Nicola Newman

Walk Description:

A circular walk with the famous Aggleston rock at the centre point.

Around 4 miles in length starting from the NT carpark. 

Walking through woods, where we may well see deer, followed by a steep climb on heath land we catch our first sighting of the rock far below us.

A winding trail across the heath decends to the rock. There will be ample time to explore and take pictures.

Aggleston rock is four tonnes in weight and is made of tertiary sandstone. It is twenty feet in height.

It is known as the Devils anvil, legend has it that the devil hurled the rock from the Isle of Wight with the intention of hitting either Corfe Castle, Bindon Abbey at Wool or Salisbury cathedral.

It is from the Eocene age and has changed in shape due to erosion. The rock is between 33.9 to 56 million years old!


This walk may take longer than two hours as the views throughout are stunning and well worth taking our time to appreciate.

Bring water and food, hat, gloves etc as 3/4's of the walk is exposed and can be cold.

Location Notes:

Free parking for national trust members, parking pass required.