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Swanage Anchorage - Dorset

Anchoring Cost - Free!

Swanage anchorage is a beautiful little gem located along the Jurassic coast of Dorset. The bay itself offers amazing shelter from the wind as the large number of buildings on the cliffs seem to break up the wind where this isn't the case for most jurassic coast anchorages, where for instance, places such as Chapmans Pool, Lulworth Cove, Mupe Bay or Worbarrow bay can actually accelerate the wind down into the anchorage, we found that doesn't seem to be the case here, or at least it wasn't as noticeable.

Swanage Anchorage - Dorset (jurassic coast)

The anchoring is swanage is fantastic and we found the holding to be amazing in up to 35knts of wind. We bedded into sand and didn't budge from these coordinates (Longitude) 50*36.647'N (latitude) 1*57.192'W

There is easy dingy landing on a nearby beach and then you are immediately in a busy coastal town with many shops for supplies or bars and restaurants for your leisure. If you feel the local beach is too exposed to leave your dingy (as it's a very busy town) then you can always take your tender around the peer and leave it on the beach of the local sailing club, which has far fewer people and feels more secure. 

There is also a fantastic coastal walk up to Durlston Castle which is a must do walk, especially early in the morning as the sun is rising. Simply watch the video to see why!

Our Time in Swanage Bay Anchorage

Swanage Anchorage Map

Swanage Anchorage Map

Hanks Walk around Swanage

Seabed - Sand

Our anchor located at - (Longitude) 50*36.647'N (latitude) 1*57.192'W
Anchor in sand seabed in swanage
Me inspecting our anchoring in swanage

5 Fun Facts About Swanage- Dorset

1. Jurassic Coast: Swanage is located on the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its geological significance and fossil discoveries. This stretch of coastline offers a unique glimpse into Earth's history, with rocks dating back over 185 million years.

2. Swanage Railway: The town is home to the Swanage Railway, a heritage steam railway that runs between Swanage and Norden. It allows visitors to experience the charm of traveling on a restored steam locomotive and offers picturesque views of the surrounding countryside.


3. Stone Quarries: Swanage was once a prominent center for the quarrying industry, particularly Purbeck limestone. The stone from these quarries was used in the construction of numerous iconic buildings, including Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral in London.


4. Durlston Country Park: Located just outside Swanage, Durlston Country Park is a stunning nature reserve that spans 280 acres. It boasts diverse wildlife, rugged coastal cliffs, walking trails, and a fascinating array of flora and fauna, making it a haven for nature lovers.


5. Swanage Carnival: Every summer, Swanage hosts a lively carnival that attracts locals and visitors alike. This week-long event features a colorful procession, live music, entertainment, fireworks, and various activities, creating a vibrant atmosphere and celebrating the community spirit of the town.

Commonly Asked Questions about Swanage

1. Is Swanage worth visiting?


Yes, Swanage is worth visiting for its natural beauty, charming seaside atmosphere, and range of attractions. It offers stunning coastal landscapes, a rich history, outdoor activities, and a welcoming community.

2. What is special about Swanage?


Swanage is known for its picturesque setting along the Jurassic Coast, offering scenic cliffs, rock formations, and beautiful beaches. It has a unique charm with its heritage steam railway, vibrant festivals, proximity to the stunning Purbeck Hills, and opportunities for outdoor adventures.


3. Has Swanage got a sandy beach?


Yes, Swanage has a sandy beach known as Swanage Beach. It is a Blue Flag beach, characterized by its fine golden sand and clear waters, making it an ideal spot for sunbathing, building sandcastles, and enjoying seaside activities.

4. Can you swim in Swanage Beach?


Yes, swimming is allowed and popular at Swanage Beach. However, it's advisable to be aware of tidal conditions, follow any safety guidelines, and swim within designated areas monitored by lifeguards, especially during the designated bathing season.

5. Why is Swanage popular with tourists?


Swanage attracts tourists for several reasons. Its natural beauty, including the Jurassic Coast and nearby Old Harry Rocks, appeals to outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. The town's history, attractions like the Swanage Railway and Durlston Country Park, and its vibrant festivals and events all contribute to its popularity.

6. Is Swanage sea clean?


Swanage Bay has generally good water quality, and the beach is regularly tested to ensure it meets cleanliness standards. However, water conditions can vary, so it's advisable to check local reports or signs for any specific advisories or updates during your visit.

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