Swanage lies on a stunning sweep of coastline that is backed by the Purbeck hills, with cliffs to the west and long flat beaches to the east.
Swanage itself features some beautiful beaches but the most spectacular in the area is arguably at Studland Bay, which is a long crescent of sand with heathland behind it. Apart from the small village of Studland, there is no development along this site as most of the land is owned by the National Trust. The beach is ideal for swimming and water sports and there is a launching slip in the middle of the bay.
Spectacular coastal views can be seen from Durlston Head, around a mile south of Swanage. For the more adventurous walker, there is the coast path which leads to St Aldhelm’s Head around four miles to the west of the town.