In the south eastern corner of Dorset is the area known as The Isle of Purbeck, about 60 sq. miles of land that is bounded on almost all sides by water – so although not strictly an island, it does convey the apt feeling that is close to being an island.
Purbeck reputedly translates from Saxon as "beak-shaped ridge which is home to bittern or snipe", with the beak-shape probably referring to the Purbeck Hills. The Purbeck Hills, with the South Dorset Downs, form a ridge that extends from the west of Dorchester,to the east through the Isle of Purbeck to Old Harry Rocks where it meets the sea.
The Isle of Purbeck takes in Poole Harbour, Studland, Swanage, Kimmeridge and Wareham, including Brownsea Island in the middle of Poole Harbour, which is officially part of Studland and so is therefore part of Purbeck.
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