Tilly Whim Caves

These can be reached by the road passing down to the
right of Durlston Castle, and are supposed to have been named
from the "whim" or crane used for loading the stone direct
into the boats by the quarrymen who carved out these ledges
and caves, to be composed almost entirely of fossil oyster shells.
leads down to the main quarried ledge some 40 feet above the

Beneath this ledge are deep waterworn caverns in which
the sea booms and roars when the weather is rough. It is these
water level caves which are reputed to have been used by
smugglers in days gone by.

Some of the beds of stone exposed here can be seen at sea.