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Durlston Country Park

1,143 Reviews

Durlston Country Park

1,143 Reviews
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Milesy85 wrote a review Nov 2020
Witney, United Kingdom363 contributions21 helpful votes
Lovely family walk with the children. Great views along the coast. Shop, toilet and cafe if needed. Lots of stops along the way to have a picnic or just take in the view.
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Date of experience: November 2020
Piggie64 wrote a review Oct 2020
Saltford, United Kingdom118 contributions41 helpful votes
This is a lovely spot to enjoy views over the English Channel. Although it is sign posted from the town, it is a steep climb so we were very glad we had driven up! There is pay & display car parking available. There is also a cafe, which unfortunately was closed on the day we visited. We walked down to the Anvil Point lighthouse, where we got some lovely views over the Channel. It is possible to join the Southwest Coast Path from there & strike out along the coast. We would like to have had more time to explore & will definitely be back! It’s worth a trip out of Swanage town centre for the views alone. The only thing that we felt could have been improved was the signage from the car park to the walking trails.
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Date of experience: October 2020
John W wrote a review Oct 2020
Haversham, United Kingdom4 contributions7 helpful votes
Durston Country Park is situated on the cliffs with stunning views over Swanage Bay to Old Harry Rocks with Bournemouth & the Isle of Wight beyond. For the price of a car park ticket you can stroll around the beautiful grounds & enjoy dramatic sea views and a large variety of birds, insects, animals, plants flowers & trees making it a great experience for all. The Castle has a shop, restaurant/cafe with inside & outside seating, permanent as well as varying exhibitions of local art & photography and interesting educational features for kids of all ages. On this year's holiday we had breakfast there four times as it really is such a special place. Due to pesky Covid restrictions access to the lavatories is currently quite convoluted and although acccess for all has been improved this year the walks are hilly in places. Small prices to pay for such a special experience, take a camera and binoculars if you have them and you definitely won't regret it.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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BecsB5000000 wrote a review Oct 2020
London, United Kingdom33 contributions11 helpful votes
cafe had lovely views. not sure if we had table service or eat in side. Waitress seemed a bit distressed that we ordered inside and might avoid vat. lovely walk to the lighthouse and back. can also walk into swanage.
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Date of experience: October 2020
John_H190740 wrote a review Oct 2020
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom27 contributions9 helpful votes
A delightful spot to stand in the evening and enjoy the sea waves crashing on the rocks and watch the occasional ship go by. Take your binoculars catch the birds in the sky or look out to the 5 or 6 cruise liners moored up until the holiday makers are able to cruise.
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Date of experience: September 2020