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…
Site Projects Purbeck Coast
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
2
This table indicates how many species of each of five interest levels there are on this site. 100% are highly interesting species whereas 20% are common species that are of no specific interest. Click/tap an intetest level to see the species for that interest level:
Species Interest Level No of Species
100% 4
80% 7
60% 9
40% 25
20% 53
The number of species recorded per species group:
This is the number of species recorded on this site grouped by the Phase 1 habitat classification they are often associated with. It gives an overview of the type of habitats that MAY occur on this site. Click/tap a classification to see greater detail of the composition of habitat types within this class:
Phase 1 Habitat Classification No of Species
B: Grassland 32
H: Coastal 26
A: Woodland 18
J: Brownfield 8
D: Heath 6
C: Upland Habitats 5
E: Bog and Fen 4
F: Water Margin 4
Site Diary
Diary Date Notes Project Click for records and photos
04-06-13

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