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Agglestone Rock, Swanage

#9 of 17 in Scenic Drive in England
Scenic Drive · Hidden Gem · Scenic Walking Area
Agglestone Rock, also known as the Devil's Anvil, is a sandstone block of about 400 tonnes weight, perched on a conical hill, approximately 1 mile from the village of Studland, south Dorset. Formerly an 'anvil' shape with a flat top, it fell onto one end and side in 1970, leaving the top at an angle of approximately 45°.

Legend has it that the devil threw the rock from The Needles on the Isle of Wight with the intention of hitting either Corfe Castle, Bindon Abbey or Salisbury Cathedral. "Aggle" was taken into the old Dorset dialect as meaning "to wobble".
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  • Have wanted to walk to Agglestone Rock for some time. Finally in September 2020 we did the circular walk from Studland to Agglestone & back. Parked in a nearby lay-by . But there are plenty of other.....  more »
  • Although I’ve lived near here for over a decade I’ve not been here for years and forgotten what a sight it is. Just over 1 hour round trip from the Studland road along lovely heath. Park on the...  more »
  • A spot with above ground level view. It is great and I would recommend it for a short stop.
  • Wow. Just wow. What a natural wonder. You can see the rock from a great distance across the low marshy plains and you just don't appreciate how big it is. It really is big, though I wouldn't recommend visiting on a wet spring afternoon, the journey to the rock was quite boggy!
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