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Durlston Country Park, Swanage

4.7
#2 of 6 in Wildlife in Swanage
Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
Explore Durlston Country Park and its rich natural delights, including sea cliffs, coastal limestone, hay meadows, and woodland. At the visitor center, a renovated Victorian castle, find out about Durlston’s wildlife and geology, watch live wildlife video feeds, and visit the art gallery. Have a bite to eat at the Seventhwave Cafe & Restaurant, or make use of the picnic tables located near the parking lot. Pick up a leaflet outlining recommended trails from the visitor center, and speak to the ranger on duty to help you make the most of your trip to Durlston. Use our Swanage online trip maker to arrange your visit to Durlston Country Park and other attractions in Swanage.
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  • We enjoyed a lovely sunshine filled morning here, beautiful views a great rugged walk in places but also tarmac paths if you prefer. Lots of parking . Some great info boards for the history. A...  more »
  • Enjoyed walking around here. Lovely views. Accessible car park. Plenty of signage. Nice place to stroll a little of the coastal path. Nice to see the Tilly Whim caves entrance which is closed for...  more »
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  • Fantastic views! Great place to spend time. Lots of space and well maintained trails. A fab place to follow nature trails and spot local wildlife. The volunteers and workers here do a great job at making people feel welcome. Has a decent cafe with indoor / outdoor seating. Also picnic benches provided outside. Durlston is lucky to have a great ranger who keeps us all updated online with interesting topics and news. The building has undergone impressive rebuilding and hosts various events all year round. It is disabled accessible and has track and trace in place. The only minor irritation is that the parking charges £2 for one hour minimum which adds up for locals like myself who want to stop by for a quick dog walk a few times a week. That said I can highly recommend a visit.
  • Lovely walking area, beautiful views, extremely well maintained. Work ongoing building walls and keeping paths clear. Recommended for a Christmas walk to raise your spirits. We were able to enjoy our picnic 🎄
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