A Swanage curiosity, Dorset. At the far south end of the town by the sea is this superb mural commissioned by a disgruntled café owner as a poke in the eye for the local council.
Swanage beach, sandy though occasionally besieged by seaweed, looking south towards the small port. The mural above is located more-or-less at the base of the grassy slope in the distance of this photo.
Swanage is an old-style seaside town in a delightful, rural, Purbeck Isle setting, about 6 miles (10kms) from Poole and 10 miles (16kms) from Bournemouth. It offers a sandy beach, some of the best weather in Britain due to a micro-climate (sadly that’s not saying a lot), great seafood if you can afford it, down-market entertainments and sensational walks, along the coast in both directions and inland to Corfe Castle. Coast Path walks.
Swanage is accessible by train from Corfe Castle, Poole, Bournemouth, Southampton and London and other destinations en route. By road from Poole via Wareham and Corfe it’s about an hour’s drive, though from Bournemouth the route via Sandbanks ferry and Studland is much prettier and quicker, traffic depending.
There are plenty of excellent buses (#50, open top in summertime) running the ferry route. Taking the bus means that there are no parking problems, no queuing for the ferry (the bus gets priority), and if you wish to walk towards Studland on the stunning Southwest Coastal Path you can pick up the bus at various stages.
A cluster of the town’s better historical buildings.