Swanage is a delightful town. It has a safe, sandy beach - one that slopes gently. But unusually for this part of England, the beach faces east. Catch a strong easterly wind and you wouldn't want to go any where near the seafront. Seaweed becomes strewn across the sands, like a blanket. Any sand that is exposed is blown off the beach and on to the road that runs parallel to the seafront.
But don't let me put you off. Even in one of those gales, it's a lovely place. A few hardy souls will face the elements with a smile and determined walk - and I would be one of them!