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The Town

At the town end of the Promenade a
To the north of the bay the Purbeck Hills end in towering
chalk cliffs grotesquely carved by wind and waves. Along these
cliffs lies a path giving glorious views of the outlying Pinnacle,
Haystack and Old Harry Rocks, the great island-dotted expanse
of Poole Harbour, and the warm sandstone-tinted cliffs of
Hampshire, while away to the eastward the chalk of the great cliffs beyond the Needles at the Western end of the Isle of
Wight may be seen.

Further beyond lie Studland Bay and Shell Bay, with their miles of smooth
white sands, warm shallow water, and grass covered dunes.
Beyond these chalk cliffs from Swanage
South-westwards of Swanage Bay, beyond Peveril Point,
lies Durlston Bay. Here the beach is rock-strewn, but the tree
covered slopes curving to the bold outline of Durlston Head
suggest a peep of the Riviera coast line. Westward from
Durlston Head lie miles of limestone cliffs stretching along to
St. Alban's Head. At Tilly Whim Caves, at Dancing Ledge,
at Seacombe and Winspit, it is possible to descend these cliffs
to sea level, and to get a better idea of their true grandeur.