Purbeck Coast from Swanage
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Walk Route Description
From Swanage harbour follow signs to Durlston Country Park (Grid ref. SZ035773). From the car park walk to Durlston Head Castle to see the Great Globe weighing 40 tons which is a testament to the mason's art. Follow the path to Tilly Whim Caves and Anvil Point Lighthouse.
Continue along the coast path, enjoying the superb views on the way to Dancing Ledge (Grid ref. SY998769), which is a good picnic spot. There was quarrying of Purbeck Stone all along this coast. At Dancing Ledge there is also a small swimming pool blasted out of the rocks. The spot is also very popular with climbers.
Continue along the coast path past quarries at Seacombe Cliff (Grid ref. SY985766) and Winspit (Grid ref. SY977761). These are also good picnic spots and great places to watch the sea crash against the cliffs on stormy days. Turn inland at Winspit on the path to Worth Matravers (Grid ref. SY975775). This was a quarrying village hence the name of the pub -'The Square and Compass'.
Take the Langton Matravers road out of the village and after about 400 metres turn right onto the path known as the 'Priest's Way'. This route gives you some good examples of Purbeck Stone quarries. Follow this to near Belle Vue Farm (Grid ref. SZ016783) then turn south on the track leading back to the coast. When you reach the steep slope down to the sea you will see a path crossing ahead (Grid ref. SZ016772). Turn left (east) onto this path which heads back across Round Down towards Anvil Point picking up the main path back to the Durlston Country Park car park.
Other walks nearby
Walk 3286 Dancing Ledge & Durlston Head from Langton Matravers - easy/mod - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 1634 Old Harry & Ballard Down from Studland - easy/mod - 5.3 miles/8.6 km
Walk 3396 Agglestone & Old Harry Rocks from Studland - easy/mod - 6.4 miles/10.4 km
Walk 2925 St Aldhelm's Head near Worth Matravers - easy - 4.1 miles/6.7 km
Walk 1613 Studland and Old Harry Rocks from Sheel Bay - easy/mod - 8.5 miles/13.8 km
Walk 1331 Tyneham from Kimmeridge - easy/mod - 6.8 miles/11 km
Walk 1534 Swyre Head & Tyneham Cap from Kimmeridge - moderate - 11.8 miles/19.1 km
Walk 2568 Egmont Point & Kimmeridge Bay from Tyneham - moderate - 14.0 miles/22.8 km
Walk 1533 Gad Cliff & Povington Hill from Tyneham - easy/mod - 4.5 miles/7.3 km
Walk 1004 Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door - easy - 2.5 miles/4.1 km
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