Swanage

Swanage is a relatively small town of less than 12,000 people but that belies that fact that it is a very popular tourist destination in the south eastern area of Dorset. It is just a short drive from Poole and is located on the eastern side of the Isle of Purbeck.

The town is not new to tourism, and although it was mainly a fishing village it has been playing host to tourists since the 1800’s, the fishing still goes on but now takes very much a back seat to tourism.

There are many reasons for this, not least of all the many attractions found within striking distance of this pleasant port town. Many visitors use Swanage as a base to visit places such as Ballard Down owned by the National Trust this is an undulating set of chalk hills that are a pleasure to walk all the way to their end at Ballard Point overlooking the sea.

Then there is Old Harry’s Rocks, a strange set of bright white chalk pillars that stick out of the sea, and that once starched in a line all the way to the Isle of Wight, you certainly can not avoid just sitting for a while to admire them.

The Rocks are part of the famous Jurassic Coast, an eye-catching stretch of dramatic cliffs that runs from Orcombe Point to Swanage and is a World Heritage site that can be walked along its entire length by means of the dramatic South West Coast Path.

Swanage its self also has plenty to see and do including the award winning beach which can get extremely busy at the height of the summer season. This is a very typically “English” seaside resort with the traditional trappings of striped deck chairs, ice cream vendors and chip shops offering a quaint ‘time gone by’ feel.

There is also the popular Swanage Steam railway that takes visitors on a slow enjoyable ride around the area as well as the very attractive, and again, very English Victorian Pier. Another must see tourist site is the splendid Corfe Castle which is hard to avoid as its position dominates the town.

There is a wide range of accommodation available to suit just about any taste and pocket as well as an equally wide array of eating establishments that can help you while away the hours in this quaint corner of traditional British holiday spots.