Swanage Off The Beaten Path

  • Cave Entrance - now shut off.
    Cave Entrance - now shut off.
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  • View towards Old Harry Rocks
    View towards Old Harry Rocks
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    Visit the Lifeboat Station

    by CDM7 Updated Feb 24, 2015

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    One of over 230 RNLI lifeboat stations around the coast of the UK and the Republic of Ireland.It provides on call,a 24hour lifeboat search and rescue service,which relies entirely on voluntary contributions and legacies as it doesn't receive any government help.
    A visit to the lifeboat station gives you a chance of speaking to a crew member as well as having an insight into the history and workings of the lifeboat.
    The lifeboat station can be found by taking the footpath along the waters edge the far side of Swanage pier towards Peveril Point.

    UPDATE - Swanage lifeboat station was built in 1875 but cannot accommodate the new larger Shannon- class lifeboat which is due to come into operation in 2016.The old lifeboat station has now been demolished and will be replaced by a larger one which is due to open in 2016.

    Ready for action. Slipway into the sea.
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    Tilly Whim Caves

    by CDM7 Written Dec 29, 2014

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    When i first lived in Dorset in the early seventies i would often visit these caves.Since 1976 the caves have been closed to the general public owing to the dangerous structure within.The caves and ledges now provide a home for bats,nesting birds and maritime plants.Entrance is a 5 minute walk from Durlston Castle going towards Anvil Point lighthouse.
    These caves are old limestone quarries which were mainly worked in the 18th century.The unusual name may have been derived from a former quarryman called "Tilly" and the type of crane,then in use,known as a "Whim".

    Cave Entrance - now shut off.
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    A Walk In Durlston Country Park.

    by CDM7 Written Dec 29, 2014

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    One of my favourite walks is the coastal footpath in Durlston Country Park.The 280 acre park is situated just 1 mile from the seaside town of Swanage.This lovely stretch of coastline is ideal for walking,birdwatching and seeing wildlife.At certain times of the year it is also possible to see dolphin swimming in the sea below.
    The footpath from Durlston Castle to Anvil Point lighthouse is a fairly easy walk,although just before the lighthouse you have to negotiate a steep ravine with some steps.Sensible walking shoes are a must!

    View towards Old Harry Rocks Heading towards Anvil Point lighthouse
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    Durlston Head

    by tango_jd Written Feb 8, 2010

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    Lovely walk through Durlston Country Park to the cliff-top to see the "Globe" - an old Stone sphere created by local stonemasons and depicting an outline map of the world.
    Path leads on to Anvil Point lighthouse and Tilly Whim caves.

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    • Architecture
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    Worth the walk

    by Ken-out-of-Bath Written Jul 29, 2006

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    If you walk along the coastal path, away from Swanage you will eventually come across this Globe, built by "Mr" Mowlam. Mowlam owned a construction company that still builds roads and public buildings all across the UK.

    The walk to the Globe is reward enough for your efforts, the views out to sea are wonderful, but, because not many people get this far, it is a great place to sit and reflect upon how the world has changed.

    For example, the Globe was constructed in 1903, so there is no Serbia or Croatia, not even Yugoslavia - the Balkan region is just Austria, Greece or Turkey!

    The World according to Mowlam

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