Swanage - Durlston Country Park - Swanage

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Swanage is a lovely seaside town and there are many fantastic walks to be had from its bustling streets.

This route takes you through some of the quieter back streets to join a path which heads south through a lovely nature reserve and meadow, which is best viewed from May onwards as the fields are alight with colour and wildlife.

The path arrives at the South West Coast Path near the lighthouse at Anvil Point and picks up the popular route running east past Tilly Whim Caves. These caves are actually man-made quarries and are closed off to the public due to regular rock falls deep inside. The route continues east along the superb clifftop path round to Durlston Castle. The castle isn't anything from the Norman or Medieval period but a modern castle which now houses a visitor centre and is worth a look.

The route now heads north along the South West Coast Path to Peveril Point and through another country park for more breathtaking views of the surrounding Purbeck Hills (from where the general photo was taken). The route finishes by following the promenade halfway round the bay to join the road to the car park.

England - South West England - Dorset - Coast


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Castle, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Sea, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland

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