Purbeck is full of unusual landmarks and is renowned for the unique stories attached to its landscape. Dancing Ledge is one of these – some say it’s so named because of the way the water seems to ‘dance’ over the flat rock at certain tides; others say it’s because the area is just the right size for a ballroom.

It makes for a great walk, and although the area is fairly accessible (the most family-friendly route is from the small Spyway car park in Langton Matravers) actually getting down to Dancing Ledge can be difficult and isn’t recommended for children – although they might be entranced by the idea as local children used to learn to swim in the swimming pool blasted out of the rocks here.

The are is popular with wild swimmers and climbers, and of course with walkers and still bears the signs of this area of Purbeck’s rich quarrying history.