Purbeck Ridge (Corfe East Hill)
Wildlife on the slopes and wonderful views from the top.
|Purbeck Ridge (Corfe East Hill)|
Purbeck Ridge: East Hill or Challows Hill -
Walks along the Purbeck Ridge always give superb views in all directions and East Hill, also known as Challows Hill, is no exception. Being where the ridge continues eastwards from Corfe Castle to Ballard Down and Old Harry you get a birds-eye view of the castle at Corfe, a different perspective than the view you get from the bottom! Good views from high vantage points come at a cost of course, you have to climb to the top to get your reward. If you tackle East Hill from the village of Corfe Castle you have to endure a steep climb up more than 300 steps to the top. Alternatively, you can walk (or drive) a short distance up the road under the railway bridge to a gate on the left and a well made path that is less demanding as it climbs along the slope rather than straight up it! This does not give you the views at the top of the castle but walk back westwards along the ridge and you will come to the top of the steps and the view of the castle. It is easier going down the steps, but not much!
Sadly, much of the top of the ridge has been improved for grazing and there is not a lot of natural interest but the steep slopes of the ridge are not suited to grazing and that is where you will find the bulk of the flowers and associated insects. If you can tackle the steps then a circular walk here is well worth it. There is a small car park at Challows Farm or you can park in the National Trust visitor centre car park and walk from there.
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Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland
Cynosurus cristatus - Centaurea nigra [Crested Dogs-tail/Black knapweed] grassland
Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland
Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland
Festuca ovina - Helictotrichon pratense [Sheep's Fescue/Meadow Oat-grass] grassland
Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland
Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland
Festuca ovina - Pilosella officinarum - Thymus polytrichum [Sheeps Fescue/Mouse-ear hawkweed/Wild Thyme] grassland
Festuca ovina - Agrostis capillaris - Thymus polythricus [Sheeps Fescue/Common Bent/Wild Thyme] grassland
Lolium perenne - Cynosurus cristatus [Perennial ryegrass/Crested dog's tail] grassland