Walk - Durlston Country Park's Clifftop Trail
1.1 miles (1.7 km)
Durlston Country Park car park - BH19 2JL Durlston Country Park car park
Easy - A coastal walk on compacted limestone paths with a steep downhill at the start and one steepish climb back to the car park at the end. There are benches at regular intervals around the route. A Tramper mobility scooter can be hired from Durlston Castle to do this walk (booking recommended) or explore the rest of the Country Park which is recommended as this is a Level 3 walk (information on grading can be found at: www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/accessibility-grading which has a full key for definitions of categories and scooter recommendations). A BSL Guide to the Clifftop Trail is available on a tablet, to borrow from Durlston Castle. Printed trail leaflets (including large print and Easy Read versions) are available to purchase from Durlston Castle. A shallow, gently sloping path leads from the 1st car park to the Castle.
A short clifftop walk through Durlston Country Park, a National Nature Reserve featuring a range of important habitats, including sea cliffs, limestone downland, woodland, hay meadows, dry stone walls and hedgerows, each of which is host to a wide diversity of wildlife. The Visitor Centre in Durlston Castle has displays and lists of recent wildlife sightings, as well as live pictures from the seabird colony on the cliffs. Listen out for dolphins and porpoises in the waters below!
This walk is part of our "Summer Strolls". Although there are no beaches en route, Swanage and all its amenities are close by, and it's a great place for butterflies such as the Adonis Blue, as well as wildflowers, especially orchids. It's also good in autumn when migrant birds gather on the clifftops.
For more information please visit www.durlston.co.uk which include detailed accessibility information.