Durlston Country Park is an area for great walks with amazing views. It was established in the 1970s by Dorset County Council. Durlston Castle that sits within the grounds was restored in 2011 to become a spectacular new facility for visitors to Durlston and the Jurassic Coast.
To get there, go south out of Swanage and follow the South West Coastal Path. It’s about a 30 minute walk, partly uphill, with lovely views out to sea and across to the Isle of Wight.
Once you’re there, there’s Durlston Castle, which isn’t really a castle but a Victorian folly that has a very popular restaurant, shop and an ever changing programme of art exhibitions.
Address: Durlston Country Park, Lighthouse Road, Swanage BH19 2JL
Phone: 01929 424443