Taking residence on the western edge of Poole’s large natural harbour, the two character towns sit side by side in one of the most picturesque spots in Dorset. Part of the Isle of Purbeck, not a true island but a peninsula, the region boasts a huge number of reasons to visit from fascinating geology and beautiful beaches to favourite family attractions and fantastic restaurants, festivals and events. There really is something for everyone.
Some of the South West’s finest beaches can be found here, including the award-winning Blue Flag sandy beach at Swanage and rugged Studland National Nature Reserve. Head west and you’ll pass through Kimmeridge Bay, located within the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve it is the best rock-pooling and safest snorkelling site in Dorset, plus a great spot for fossil hunting. Go further and you’ll arrive at Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, famous for its beautiful arch and sitting within the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
When you’re not traversing the South West Coast Path between beaches, be sure to visit one of the area’s great family attractions, such as Monkey World or Corfe Castle. Nature lovers will also enjoy a day out at one of the excellent reserves including Durlston Country Park and the Arne RSPB Reserve.
Swanage still retains its charming Victorian character, made even more special when arriving by steam train. A day spent strolling the promenade is also a great way to soak up the atmosphere, along with a chocolate cream tea at the popular Chococo Chocolate Café. Delicious!
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