Monday, 4 June 2007

The Purbecks.

Durlston Bay, looking west; the start of the Purbecks

The Purbecks is the name given to the area of Dorset from Swanage towards Weymouth. The marks along this stretch of coast are characterised by two things, rocky rough ground and long walks. The scenery and quiet solitude of the marks make the walks worthwhile.
Marks along this stretch are Durlston Bay, Tillywhim Caves, Dancing Ledge, Chapmans Pool, Warbarrow Bay, Kimmeridge Bay and Lulworth Cove.
Warbarrow Bay.

Sections of the coast fall within the military firing ranges. Be aware of the danger, notices and red flags indicate the danger area and firing times. Climbing down to the sea is not a good idea unless you are properly equipped for the task, a great many of call-outs for the Swanage Lifeboat crew are to rescue walkers, climbers and anglers trapped at the cliff base.
Few of the marks along this stretch of coast are suitable for young children, Worbarrow is fine, but others require long walks and often,when you get there slippery rocks high above other rocks or water; these are seldom good places for children.
I do not do long walks or rock fishing so any advice on the rocky marks, if added, will be second-hand information