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Photo Journal | Wild Swimming at Dancing Ledge, Dorset

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We love to explore the natural environment around us. The first in a series of Travel Notes takes us to Dancing Ledge, a tidal rock pool on the wild Jurassic coast.

Dancing Ledge is a tidal rock pool, set into the cliffs at a disused quarry site on the wild Jurassic Coast. Around a hundred years ago, Victorian quarrymen blasted a small area of the limestone cliff at the base of the rocks to create a bathing pool for local children.

This hidden spot can only be reached by foot so we leave the car at Durnford Drove (a National Trust car park) and follow the path across the golden fields and towards the sea. We're tantalisingly close now so scramble down the last of the rocks to the clear, still pool below.

It’s so peaceful here; the only sounds coming from the waves lapping gently against the pool’s edge, and the distant calls of local fishermen as they reel in their catch. The contrast of the craggy fossil-studded rock against the deep blue sea is mesmerising. The cliffs glow white in the bright sunshine.

The water is crystal clear and surprisingly warm. After our impromptu dip, we sit bathed in the golden light of the late afternoon sun, refreshed and invigorated.

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