Kayaking out to Old Harry Rocks on the Jurassic Coast

My husband has kayaked out to Old Harry Rocks with Kian a few times now, but I have always been left in charge of the small people.

Last week was our 14th wedding anniversary and when he asked what I wanted to do, it was top of my wish list.

We booked a half day Old Harry Rocks Tour with Fore Adventure, who are based in Middle Beach car park in Studland Bay.

The tour starts on the beach, with an introduction to the tandem kayaks and how to use them safely by our guide for the day, Josh.

The bay is shallow and sheltered, so the perfect location to learn how to kayak.

We hugged the coastline as we kayaked out to Old Harry Rocks, with Josh pointing out interesting things to see both under and above the water, with plenty of nesting birds and their chicks to see.

The water was calm and clear until we rounded the huge chalk stacks, where on the sea facing side of the coastline, we headed towards Swanage, which was a bit harder going as we faced more choppy seas.

We paddled up as far as Parson’s nose chalk stack and ate at sample of fresh seaweed before turning around and to head back towards Old Harry Rocks, where we got to get out of our kayaks and explore.

Old Harry Rocks

It is quite slippery underfoot, but looking at the chalk arches and stacks up close, is fascinating.

Jurassic Coast Arch

Josh pointed out fault lines which contain flint and gives the rocks a pinkish tinge in places.

Josh told us all about the history of the rocks, including how they were named – apparently after the devil, although many think it’s after the infamous Poole pirate, Harry Paye.

Old Harry Rocks

The half day kayak tour takes around 3 hours and sees you kayak for around 4.5 miles in total.

Old Harry Rocks Kayak

Fore Adventure provide a wet suit, floatation aid, helmet, jacket, the kayak and a tour guide. I highly recommend that you wear sturdy wet shoes, so you can confidently navigate the area around Old Harry Rocks.

A half day Old Harry Rock Tour from Fore Adventure costs £50 per person and is suitable for adults and children aged 12+.


For those with younger adventurers, they also run a 2 hour tour for £35 per person which is suitable for those aged 8+ – find out more at www.foreadventure.co.uk

24 thoughts on “Kayaking out to Old Harry Rocks on the Jurassic Coast

  1. I absolutely loved kayaking as a kid but I’ve not done it in years.

    I think if I was it would have to be somewhere like this, what incredible views. Your pictures come to life!

  2. I’ve never been to the Jurassic Coast but photos like these make me want to go. It looks beautiful, and that looks like a great place for beginners to start kayaking.

  3. Looks like you found a great spot to enjoy kayaking! I haven’t been to this place but interesting destinations like this are definitely on our list!

  4. Kayaking is love. I live in Mumbai India and have never got any chance to try kayaking. But now I am planning to go Himachal Pradesh with my fellow friends and there we are surely gonna try this adventurous water sport. Thanks for sharing such interesting post. Cheers!!!!

  5. I’ve been wanting to visit this coast for so long, your photos are incredible – who knew such beautiful views existed along our coast. This looks like a brilliant place to celebrate xx

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