Walk - Durlston Country Park's Clifftop Trail
1.0 miles (1.6 km)
Durlston Country Park car park - BH19 2JL Durlston Country Park car park
Easy - A fairly easy coastal walk, with one steepish climb back to the car park at the end. A Tramper mobility scooter can be borrowed from the visitor centre to do this walk or explore the rest of the Country Park.
A short clifftop walk through Durlston Country Park, a National Nature Reserve featuring a range of important habitats, including seacliffs, limestone downland, woodland, haymeadows, 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 and sound from an underwater hydrophone. 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.
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