Isle of Purbeck coastline
As the crow flies the Isle of Purbeck is about 25 miles west of Lymington. Purbeck's unspoiled rocky south coast became England's first natural World Heritage Site in 2002, it is well know for fossils, rare plants, wildlife and the caves cut into the cliff-edge where stone was quarried and used for many London buildings and famous cathedrals.

One of the famous landmarks is Dancing Ledge, the ledge is what is left after a massive piece of stone was cut out of the cliff and shipped to Kent in order to construct Ramsgate Harbour. The recent BBC version of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles features Dancing Ledge.
  Tourist Info
Swanage Tourist Information Centre, Shore Rd, Swanage BH19 1LB
Daily 10am to 5pm | Tel:01929 422885
| Website
The main railway line, Waterloo to Weymouth stops at Bournemouth (No 50 bus to Swanage) and Wareham (No 40 bus to Swanage).
Car parks can be found at Durlston Country Park near Swanage, Langton Matravers and Worth Matravers.
  Country Park
Visitor centre at Durlston Castle web
Open daily 10am - 5pm (4pm in winter)

At the Castle is a fossil room, rooftop terrace, cafe, restaurant and a place to buy guides, maps & books. The Park is roughly 30 minutes walk uphill from Swanage on one of many public footpaths. map
  More pictures
Dancing Ledge was once used as a swimming pool, click here for a history picture
Isle of Purbeck
Isle of Purbeck