Manor House Hotel
Beach Road,Studland Bay, Swanage, BH19 3AU, GB
More about Swanage
Coastguard hut at Peveril Point
The steam train goes to Corfe Castle
Travel Tips for Swanage
Watching from the side
There are many smalll boats and sailing ships here, as well as a large scuba diving contingent.
We enjoyed sitting by the side of the stoney harbour wall, watching all that was going on around us.
There were families throwing stones into the water, with their dogs playing along too...
there were plenty of scube divers and people going out for a sail.
Swanage - a nice seaside town
Swanage is is a seaside resort in the south-east of the county Dorset, south of Poole and Bournemouth. It's a nice little town, but probably can get pretty busy in summer! We only spent one night in Swanage on our way back from Cornwall (see my Cornwall VT page) to London and I did regret that we already had to leave the next day. I would have loved to walk some more along the coast which looked great with its cliffs. The South West Coast Path, a long-distance footpath, starts/ ends in nearby Poole Harbour and thus passes Swanage. We already walked it a lot in Cornwall and from I'm sure it offers great views around Swanage also!
South of Swanage is the Durlston Country Park, a nature reserve at the coast. We unfortunately had no time to visit it - we had too much traffic jams on our way to Swanage and already spent a lot of time at the ruins of Corfe Castle which definitly are worth a visit!
The area where Swanage is located is also called Isle of Purbeck. It's not really an island, maybe a peninsula as it's surrounded by the English Channel, Poole Harbour and the River Frome. Purbeck also is the eastern gateway to the Jurassic Coast, which is the coast between Poole and Exmouth - a Natural World Heritage Site, known for all the fossils that are found there.
Happy caravaning memories as a young child with the family. Can't remember places and details but always had a cracking time. Sand in sandwiches, digging big holes and building sandcastles, swimming in the sea, sunburn, penny arcades, ice creams, fish and chips, gift shops selling ornaments made out of shells. aahhh, all the joys of a typical english seaside town. Fun for all the family!
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