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A Wheel Friendly Coastal Walk to Anvil Lighthouse

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Anvil Lighthouse
© Holly Brega
Coastal Walk to Anvil Lighthouse
© Holly Brega
Coastal Walk to Anvil Lighthouse
© Holly Brega
Coastal Walk to Anvil Lighthouse
© Holly Brega
Coastal Walk to Anvil Lighthouse
© Holly Brega

Walk Details
This walk with wheels is just one of several wheelchair accessible walks around Durlston Country Park, near Swanage, Dorset. This coastal walk starts from the carpark and though it is a short walk, on a good solid track, it is worth noting that the path is fairly steep and is a real hard push back up the hill from the lighthouse. It was for this reason that I swapped my manual chair for the all terrain wheelchair which is available to hire from the Visitor Centre, which is situated in Durlston Castle.

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The walk through the National Nature Reserve at Durlston features a range of important habitats, including sea cliffs, woodland and hay meadows.

There are plenty of seabirds to see and you may be lucky enough to see dolphin and porpoises out at sea.

The lighthouse, which now houses two holiday cottages, was built in 1881. It stands 12m tall and light is positioned to give a waypoint for vessels passing along the English Channel coast.

Deb’s Verdict
South West Mobility have provided two all terrain wheelchairs to hire from the Visitor Centre, at Durlston Castle. These are a great benefit to those visitors with mobility issues, as it is a steep climb up from the lighthouse. The dramatic coastline is breath-taking and well worth a visit.

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Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".