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Anvil Point Lighthouse

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Anvil Point Lighthouse is situated on Anvil Point, close to Durlston Head and Tilly Whim, and is a short distance from the coastal town of Swanage. Most people tend to walk from Durlston Country Park along the spectacular cliff top path to the lighthouse. A sunny, warm day is recommended to undertake to amble along the path. The path is not too challenging and either a circular route back to Durlston Park can be easily found or, even better still, follow the same coastal pathway back and see a different view of the coast.

Anvil Lighthouse is not quite as powerful, boasting just 2,000 candle-power, in comparison to its neighbour, Portland Bill Lighthouse, which has 2,500 candle-power light.

Though the waters are comparatively shallow along the Dorset coastline they are free of shoals and banks. Vessels in the main have the shore itself to fear. There are ridges of sand further round at Swanage Bay and Studland.

There are local wrecks near Anvil Point, one interesting example being a steam cruiser, the Kyarra, which sank as a result of a torpedo on 26th May 1918 by a German U-Boat, just 3/4 mile East of the lighthouse. The steamer was built at Clyde by W. Denny Bros and was discovered in 1967. It is a magnet for local diving enthusiasts whose foraging has turned up WWI perfume bottles, newspapers, Worcester Sauce bottles, and even champagne, wine bottles and gold watches. One diver reported no less than 14 other divers around the wreck one morning.

Location: Swanage

Opening Dates:  Easter to September

Opening Times: 11am - 1 hour before sunset

Notes:    Closed in foggy conditions Phone to check opening arrangements for the day               

Contact Number: (01929) 422 146

Cost: None but donations can be made

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