Wildlife, history, events, paths and trails are just a handful of the activities that you can enjoy at the beautiful Durlston Country Park. Just a mile from Swanage this is a gorgeous location for the whole family, and four legged friends to explore.
The landscape is an inspiring blend of sea-cliffs, meadows, woodland and downs. Such a mixture of landscapes creates some truly incredible wildlife stat’s; 33 species of breeding butterfly, over 250 species of bird, 500 wildflowers and 500 moths are just some of the medley of wildlife that the Country Park boasts.
Durlston Castle, restored in 2011 sits amongst the beauty of the 280 acre park, and provides a hub for the busy activities, and information provided by the team of dedicated rangers that lovingly manage the Country Park. From here you can enjoy a guided walk for a small charge, or take to one of the four clearly waymarked Trails or mirage of public footpaths that criss-cross the site, and enjoy the fabulous scenery at your own leisurely pace. For history seekers plan your walks carefully and you can take in the footings of a Napoleonic telegraph station, or Anvil Point Lighthouse.
If you’re heading to the Country Park with children in tow be sure to check the events calendar before you leave, or pick up a Family Explorers Rucksack available from the Castle. This clever idea will keep little ones entertained with fun activities to enjoy along the way.