The chalk sea stacks of Old Harry, Turf Rick Rock and the Pinnacles located at map reference (SZ055 825)are Dorsets cretaceous counterparts of the older sandstone pillars that are found in Devon at La......
Added: 27th February 2013
The two magnificent chalk stacks that stand in the sea from Studland Bay on the edge of Handfast Point are known locally as Old Harry and Old Harry's Wife. The name Harry and indeed Old Harry were o......
Added: 27th January 2013
A storm drove Harry and his wife apart but it was thousands of years since these rocks were joined to the Needles on the Isles of Wight. Apparently up to 10,000 years ago you could have walked acrross......
Added: 27th January 2013
These stack remain as they were that bit harder than the rest of the rock. With the recent very heavy rain erosion and landslides are happening all along the coast so it is a good idea to stay well ba......
Added: 6th January 2013
These gleaming white stacks were left behind as they were slightly harder than the cliffs that eroded. In the fullness of time these stacks will collapse, Old Harry once had a wife, who crashed into t......
Added: 30th October 2012
There are several legends attached to the rocks and how they got their name. Some believe that they are named after the mediaeval pirate Henry Payne but another popular theory is that Harry was none other than the devil himself.
The chalk sea-stacks of Old Harry rocks are the most easterly point of Purbeck. The cliffs that lead to the stacks are known as the Foreland or Handfast Point and they are nearly vertical cliffs of some 100 - 180 feet high.
Old Harry was widowed in 1896 when Old Harry's Wife succumbed to erosion and collapsed into the sea during the same storm that destroyed the chain pier at Brighton.
Handfast Point has been the site of several fortifications and Henry VIII is known to have built a castle as one of a chain of South Coast Block-Houses. Today all trace of any buildings have been taken by the sea.
Parson's Barn is a large sea-level cavern below the main cliff and the waves have cut arches through the base of the stacks and this results in the ghostly pealing of bells still being heard in severe gales. Locals say this eerie noise is from a ship carrying bells for a church in Poole that sank because of the crew's blasphemy,
The gap between the headland and the stacks is called St. Lucas Leap reportedly after a greyhound that went over the cliff chasing a rabbit.
The coast walk from Studland gives magnificent views across Poole Harbour and the sight of the white rocks on a bright day is stunning.
The Isle of White is clearly visible from this vantage point and in the very distant past Old Harry would have been joined to the Needles,