As we reached Swanage we went into the train station briefly to have a look at the heritage steam train which operates for most of the year and is very popular among visitors. This would be a trip we would unfortunately not go on this time, as we would be following a coastal path up the hill heading towards the Durlston castle, not leaving us much time to do both.
The town, originally a small port and fishing village said to have flourished during the Victorian era became a significant quarrying port and a seaside resort for the rich. Located at the Eastern end of the Jurassic Coast with amazingly beautiful surrounding areas for excellent walking makes it a rather special town.
We decided to go on a marked walking trail heading towards the Durlston Castle starting on the bay which would take us up a nature reserve with stunning views over the coast and the bay on the sea front.
Incredibly beautiful painted murals
The Wellington Clock Tower designed by Arthur Ashpitel to commemorate the Duke of Wellington (left).
The Old Harry Rocks (chalk formations including a stalk and a stump) to be seen in the distance.
(To be continued)