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Acton is a small hamlet situated near Langton Matravers approximately 3 miles west of Swanage. Wareham 7 is miles away. The houses are mainly built using Purbeck stone and is near one of the Purbeck’s many stone quarries.

The hamlet lies about one and a half miles from the Heritage Coast Line at Dancing Ledge. The area around Acton is popular with walkers and the cliff paths are easily accessible through the village. The first know records of Acton are in the 1086 Domesday Book. Much of the area is owned by the National Trust.

image: National Trust signpost

The house is within 200 metres of the ancient Priests’ Way walk which passes along the downs nearby.

There is a network of footpaths to the cliff-top paths and close by spots of Dancing ledge, Winspit, Chapman’s Pool and Kimmeridge all names to conjure with but each an idyllic place to spend lazy days, or for a more enthusiastic walk.

Nearby beaches include:

Swanage town beaches: sandy and with all facilities adjacent. Good safe swimming for children. Deck chairs and pedalo hire/rowing boats etc available to hire.

Studland to Shell Bay: a beautiful expanse for nearly 3 miles of clean sand backed by sand-dunes. Some toilet facilities and catering. Car parking close by. Most of this beach is owned and operated by the National Trust, including the half-mile naturist area.

Chapman’s Pool: a bit of a scramble to this wonderful bay with sandy and pebbled areas set with some fishermen’s sheds only and surrounded by towering cliffs. A haven for fossil hunters. Kimmeridge nearby has similar rocky ledges at the water edge.

Lulworth Cove: a shingle covered beach set in this memorable enclosed bay with the recognisable arch at Durdle Door bay close by.

Getting There
Acton Village is reached by the B3069 from Corfe Castle via Kingston or from Swanage via Langton Matravers. The nearest train stations are Poole and Bournemouth. The 143 bus from Poole to Swanage passes Acton.

image: section of OS map showing location of West View House