Church Knowle Is a village set in the valley between the beautiful rolling Purbeck Hills near Corfe Castle. Church Knowle is a walker’s paradise! With many stunning walks to Corfe Castle, Swanage, Kimmeridge, and many more there are lots of magnificent beauty spots to explore. From the Purbeck Hills on either side of the village there are panoramic views over Purbeck to Brownsea Island.
Church Knowle had a very traditional village pub, The New Inn, full of olde world charm & character. Its also home to The Margaret Green Animal Centre. The village host a popular village fete in the grounds of the Old Rectory, every August.
There is the historic church, named Saint Peter’s Church in Church Knowle, with some parts of the church dating back to the 13th century. Buried in the Churchyard are the two brothers who brought the first steam locomotive (Primus) to Purbeck in 1866 - The Pike Brothers - John William and William Joseph Pike.
Kimmeridge Bay forms part of the Jurassic Coast and is renowned for its fossils. It lies within the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve; it boasts the best rockpooling, safest snorkelling and an abundance of natural fossils. The coast is also part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and the whole area is part of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The natural limestone ledges extending out into the bay make it easy to view life on the shore and in the shallow waters, making it a wonderful location for rockpooling. The shallow, warm waters are excellent for snorkelling and diving, with easy access to excellent dive sites such as the Underwater Nature Trail.
Visitors can enjoy a walk up to Clavell Tower which offers spectacular views over the bay and coastline. The Etches Collection - Museum of Jurassic Marine Life, is housed in Kimmeridge, it’s the remarkable fossil collection of Steve Etches.
Museum of Jurassic Marine Life is a remarkable fossil collection of Steve Etches, bringing to life stories from deep time through an amazing collection of marine fossils, many of which are unique to science.
Grange Arch is also known as Creech Arch or Bond’s Folly, it dates back to the 18th-century and is located near the second highest point of the Purbeck Hills, Ridgeway Hill. It was built by a former owner of Creech Grange. The arch is now owned by the National Trust. Visitors can walk to the arch by walking east from Whiteway Hill along the inner ridge of the Purbeck Hills.
Church Knowle is home to the Margaret Green Animal Sanctuary, which dates back to 1965. The Rehoming and Visitor Centre covers 35 acres of beautiful Purbeck countryside. It is home to cats, horses, donkeys, pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, ducks and many more species. It is also a visitor centre and is open 7 days a week.