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Durlston Country Park Aerial Shot
Durlston Head on the Purbeck coast

Durlston Castle from the Air
Durlston Castle from the air














Durlston NeighborcarLift Share Scheme


How to Get Here

Where Are We?

Durlston is situated on the south coast of England, 40 miles south-west of Southampton, 20 miles from Bournemouth and 1 mile from Swanage in Dorset. (Grid ref. SZ 03 77)


By Road

For Satnav postcode is BH19 2JL

Take the A351 from Wareham (11 miles), or come across the Sandbanks-Studland ferry from Bournemouth (10 miles) to Swanage.

From Swanage follow the brown tourist signs up the hill.

Park in our pay and display car park.

On Foot

Walk in via one of the many public footpaths from Swanage or Langton Matravers or take the South West Coast Path from the west.

By Cycle

Follow the road up from Swanage. Once you get to Durlston there are no cycle routes or bridleways, so park your cycle at the secure stands by the Learning Centre.

By Bus

The Durlston Explorer bus D5 will be returning for the summer of 2019. The bus shuttles every half-an-hour the first leaving Swanage at 10.08, running every day until 21st September.  Download the Bus Timetable 

From Poole and Bournemouth the buses arrive at Swanage Bus Station, from here it is a one mile walk - follow the Durlston and coast path signage. 

For details of buses from Bournemouth (no. 50) and Poole/Wareham (no 40) see Wilts & Dorset

By Train

The nearest mainline train station is Wareham (11 miles) or Bournemouth (across the Ferry on the number 50 bus). 

There is a steam train that runs from Swanage to Corfe Castle. 

Durlston Neighborcar - On Hold Due to Covid - 19

Durlston Neighborcar is a community lift sharing scheme aimed to help Swanage get up to Durlston.

Durlston Neighborcar is:

  • Cheap
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Easy to use
  • A great way to make new friends

The scheme is open every weekday and is open to everyone including people with disabilities. Those receiving lifts pay a contribution of 45p a mile to their drivers to reimburse them for their trip (average of £2-3 return).

To register as a volunteer driver or to sign up as a user please call 01929 424443 or email Once you have registered you can book trips through the Durlston office team who will connect you with your closest neighborhood driver.

Other Options

For full public transport details call Dorset Traveline on 0870 6082608.

Have you thought about car sharing? Visit the website, and sign up for this more environmentally-friendly way to travel.