Dancing Ledge

An abandoned Purbeck stone quarry right on the edge of the cliffs with amazing views of the Purbeck coastline along with interesting flora and fauna..

 

Site Name Dancing Ledge
Protection
  • National Trust
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
2
County Dorset
More Information https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/spyway/trails/scratch-arse-ware-and-dancing-le…
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1002501…
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Dancing Ledge

Dancing Ledge: lord of the dance -

Where on earth is more beautiful than the Purbeck coast on a summers day? Stunning views, sea cliffs, flowers, birds, insects, everything the nature enthusiast could possibly want! 

Dancing Ledge is an old cliff quarry from where Purbeck stone was once extracted. It is right on the edge of the Purbeck cliffs and provides amazing views of the Purbeck coastline. You can approach Dancing ledge from several directions. If you are pretty fit then you can walk from Durlston in the east or Worth Matravers in the west. If aggressive walks are not (or, like me, are no longer) your thing then the nearest you can get a car is Langton Matravers from where you can make the 1.25 mile walk past Spyway Farm (where there information panels) to the coast. Apart from the final descent to the ledge it is an  easy walk with just a fairly steep path down at the end.

My species list includes what I have seen on this walk out as well as at the ledges. What ever you do, take a while to sit and marvel or just to mooch around. A small number of puffins nest near by (but cannot be seen on the nest from Dancing Ledge) and wall lizards, a non-native species, make their home amongst the rocks. Look out to for the lumbering bloody-nosed beetle! 

Dancing Ledge is popular with rock climbers, geologists, school field trips and holiday makers but that does not really spoil a nature walk here, especially if you go mid-week.  

Dancing Ledge

50.591824168898, -2.0099954319764
National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
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These are the habitat types that MAY be present on the site based on the species recorded there (top 10 only shown):
Phase 1 Habitat Types Description No of Species
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

14
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

11
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

9
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
H6

Sand Dunes

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
A2

Scrub

7
H4

Rocks above high tide mark

7
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

6
These are the number of species for NVC codes on the site - it DOES NOT mean that the NVC community is actually present on the site: it might be! (Top 10 only shown):
NVC Community Description No of Species
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

12
MG05

Cynosurus cristatus - Centaurea nigra [Crested Dogs-tail/Black knapweed] grassland

11
CG02

Festuca ovina - Helictotrichon pratense [Sheep's Fescue/Meadow Oat-grass] grassland

8
W09

Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland

8
W10

Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland

8
CG01

Festuca ovina - Calluna vulgaris [Sheeps Fescue/Ling] grassland

7
W08

Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland

7
MG06

Lolium perenne - Cynosurus cristatus [Perennial ryegrass/Crested dog's tail] grassland

7
MG07

Lolium perenne [Perennial ryegrass] and related species grassland

7
CG03

Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland

6
Site Diary
Diary Date Notes Project Click for records and photos
04-06-13

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