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Swanage is a 35 minute bus ride away from Wareham, Dorset and when the weather is not wet and soggy, there's a great view of the Corfe Castle ruin perched high up on its motte out of the window halfway through the journey.
Incredibly blue skies greeted us on arrival - so that was where the sun had been hiding!
The long sandy beach is punctuated by groynes, 18 of these were replaced in 2005-6 and Poole Harbour was dredged to replenish the sand. Dogs were enjoying the beach, although they will have to go elsewhere in April for the Summer season, and made no fuss about getting over the groynes, even the tiddly dogs jumped with gay abandon, ears flapping.
The beach stretches out in front of the town around the bay.
Walking to the left leads you to the chalk cliffs with the Old Harry Rocks looking like yachts at the base.
With the bad weather recently there have been landslips on the Wealden clay and greensand section of the bay, destroying some of the coastal paths.
The chalk of the Isle of Wight can be seen over the water with Portsmouth visible in the background.
Gentle bar waves progress over the sand and lacy patterns made by the foam.
Great splashes rise up around the Banjo Pier.
You can spend ages just watching the colours change as the sun rises and sets, the sea turning to metal as the night goes on.