Dancing Ledge near Langton Matravers in the Isle of Purbeck is the location of a former quarry but is now part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. It is a flat area of rock at the base of a small cliff and some say it is so named because the ledges appear to dance when the tide is at certain points. Others state that it’s called this because the stone quarried from here was the same size as a ballroom dance floor.
It is National Trust owned and is signposted from the South West Coast Path, which runs alongside, with a short scramble to reach it. The cliffs above are popular with climbers and from the top, there are impressive views seawards. It’s worth noting that the walking can be very steep in places.
The Ledges can also be approached by sea by experienced canoeists, provided weather and sea conditions are good. However, the waters are not suitable for swimming because of the strong currents in the area.