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A walk on the coastal path

Written by Ginny Kay on

On Saturday, we had such beautiful weather in Swanage, which was a welcome change from a couple of weeks of rain. The skies were blue and the sun was shining, but still with a bit of a bite in the air. A perfect day for a walk and explore of the area.

Tracy, being au fait with all things Swanage, was my tour guide for the day. So we donned our wellies (perfect for puddle jumping), and set off on our little jaunt.

We strolled through the town to start with, past the quaint little shops bustling with locals and tourists and the cafes busy serving up coffee and brunch. We continued down the High Street, past the Pier, to join the Coast Path. (Did you know you can walk the South West Coastal Path all the way from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset? No, me either!) We dropped down onto the beach where it was quite slippery where the tides have been high recently – we were thankful for our wellies at this point!

We carried on along the coast path, past the Lifeboat Station. It was lovely to be out in the fresh air, enjoying the fantastic scenery, and seeing how beautiful this part of the country is. What fascinated me about this walk is that part of the walk is a stroll through forest, but you can still see the sea and hear the waves.

We made it to our destination – Durlston Castle – to take in the views and stop off for our ‘must have’ coffee. The lovely old castle, that’s recently been refurbished, has a welcoming café with a simple menu of sandwiches, soup and a few mains. Very tempting….but we managed to resist!

Off we continued along the coastal path and past Anvil Point Lighthouse. You can continue this walk all the way to Minehead in Somerset. We weren’t feeling quite that energetic on Saturday so called it a day there. Here is a snap of our walk along the way.

If you want to try the walk – and perhaps be a bit more adventurous – why not stay in one of our Swanage properties, ideally located for this, and many other walks.

Ginny Kay

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