Best of 2018: Sunsets in Swanage

As we enter the last few days of the year of 2018, I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling reflective.  In that spirit, I thought it would be great to honour some of this years best memories with their own posts – and here, dear readers, I bring you my series of “Best of 2018” posts. 

One of our very favourite places in Dorset is Swanage.  A mere twenty-five minute drive from our home, Swanage boasts nature reserves, beaches and the impressive Jurassic Coastline.  One of my favourite memories from 2018 is of us being able to share this special place with our American friends when they visited us during Britain’s now famous heatwave back in July.

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Joe and our friends at Durlston Country Park.

Whenever we visit this part of the Jurassic Coast, we always venture towards Durlston Country Park.  The park is over three hundred acres of nature reserve owned by Dorset County Council and houses some notable geological points – the most obvious being the Jurassic Coastline.  There is also the Anvil Point lighthouse and the Tilly Whim Caves (both are not open to the public but you can still have a good gawp – especially at the lighthouse as it’s surrounded by public land!)

WhatsApp Image 2018-12-27 at 18.46.03 (2)Suffice to say, it’s a beautiful part of the county with breathtaking, panoramic views of the sea and if you squint real hard, you can make just about make out France (that’s a lie but then, I’ve never experienced Swanage on a truly clear day…!)

We hiked through some of the three hundred odd acres (about two miles worth, if I’m being honest. Did I mention this was during a heatwave? We were melting!)WhatsApp Image 2018-12-27 at 18.53.58WhatsApp Image 2018-12-27 at 18.53.58 (1)

There are also points where you can climb down the rocks to be closer to the water which is something we always enjoy doing.  Unfortunately, I had to put my camera away for those parts so there are no impressive shots of the sea or landscape from my vantage point on the rocks.  What I do have a photo of from my time on the rocks is of a very worried Joe perched above me, begging me to put my camera away and concentrate on balance lest I become a “self-taking tourist falls off cliff” statistic….

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Patience is a virtue.

I also have this lovely image of our friends looking like they’re either enjoying the vast impressiveness of nature or about to jump to their deaths to get away from us (either is a possibility!)WhatsApp Image 2018-12-27 at 18.46.04

I can’t state the natural beauty of this park enough. We had visited several times before, at various times in the year, and we’d always come back feeling rejuvenated.

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The Lighthouse at Anvil Point.
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A different perspective shot of the lighthouse at Anvil Point.
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Joe appraising an approaching sunset.

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On this particular day, we were lucky enough to get front-row seats to a stunning sunset.

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The views from the cliff tops at Durlston Country Park are unparalleled at any time of the week or day but being there for a full-blown sunset was really something quite special…

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The best part was that we were experiencing a heatwave, so the wind and temperature was just perfect…. Having said that, I still needed to borrow Joe’s hoodie as it got darker and slightly cooler.  Cold people problems.

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So, hands down, catching a sunset at one of our favourite Jurassic Coast spots has been one of my very favourite memories of 2018.

What have been some of your favourite posts or memories of this year?  Drop me a comment and share any links to posts, I’d love to have a read!

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8 thoughts on “Best of 2018: Sunsets in Swanage

  1. You reminded me of the time I visited Swannage many years ago. It was also a very hot summer’s day and the pebbly beach was so busy there wasn’t a single square foot of space to sit down. I also remember taking a speedboat ride along the Jurassic Coast and the cold sea splashes were such a welcome sensation.

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