3 of 5 (5 votes)

Townsend nature reserve to Swanage via Durlston

A leisurely walk (coast) in Dorset, England, about 2.70km (1.68 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 0:45h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 57m (187ft)
Descent 52m (170ft)
Max. Elevation 60m (196ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 109m (357ft)
Start & End
Townsend Road
Distance 2.70km
Duration ~0:45h
Created by bayview on 12 Jun 2011
This is a hilly walk and can be muddy in winter. You can start the walk in Swanage itself if you prefer.

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You can start in Townsend Road, then walk up the road with Townsend nature reserve on your right. At the top, veer off on the path left (carry on and you'd end up at the farmhouse). Walk straight across the fields with a couple of gates and stiles and lovely views on the way and you end up at Durlston Country Park. You can get a cup of tea here from the Durlston visitor centre, or Durlston Castle (once refurbished) will have a tea room. You can then explore Durlston Country Park or cross the car park and take up the trail leading to Pevril Point and Swanage pier. From here, walk along the front until you reach the square and then cross over, veering right till you reach the high street. Walk up the high street until you reach Townsend Road.
OS Grid SZ026783
Durlston Country Park
About 0.49 km (~0.3 miles) from
OS Grid SZ038785
From here, look down to the pier and visit the coastguard station at the end.
About 1.21 km (~0.75 miles) from
OS Grid SZ030787
Notice the old town hall on the right as you walk up.
About 0.86 km (~0.53 miles) from

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