Rivendell Guest House
58 Kings Rd W, Swanage, BH19 1HR, United Kingdom
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View towards Durlston Country Park
Prince Albert Gardens with view on Swanage Bay
Travel Tips for Swanage
When we visited in 2001, we drove to Swanage and went to mass at 1000. I told my husband that it was not on my top ten list of great masses - I couldn't understand any of the homily (sermon) that was read (!!) by the priest.
In 2003, when we came back again, we went to church in Swanage after breakfast- same priest as the last time we were here.
"Swanage - a world of its own"
Some friends moved to Swanage recently having had a holiday home here for years. I have visited twice now and have come to like the place very much.
The surrounding scenery is lovely - the coastline is breathtaking and the places to visit are so interesting.
I think it's the nightlife that I like - the town is well-served by pubs and restaurants and the pubs often have live music on with free admission.
Every year in March, Swanage hosts the Swanage Bluesfestival with pubs putting-on live music virtually the whole day and evening.
There is also a Blues and Roots festival every October.
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"Walks along the coast - 1 - Arne nature reserve"
Lovely setting with views across Poole Harbour, and birds, deer, and flora.
"ST Aldhelm's Chapel"
Park the car at Worth Mtravers car park and walk approx. 2 miles to the cliff edge. This tiny chapel is still in use but seems so remote and isolated!
The views from the cliff tops are breathtaking.
Then, before driving away, visit the Square and Compass for a pint and a Cornish Pasty!
Swanage a peaceful haven outside tourist season
"Are you a Grockell?"
Well this is what the locals call tourists who invade their seaside village in their 100's campers, caravaners or simply daytrippers from bornemouth. The locals call themselves Swannies.
Swanage has been awarded the prestigious "Blue Flag" award for its clear unpolluted beaches. Water sport activities are popular such as sailing, windsurfing & learning to scuba dive.
Cruises depart from the newly restored pier daily and sail to Isle of Wight, Bournemouth, Poole as well as trips out to Durlston & Old Harrys Rocks
The village is very pretty & lots of friendly pubs in close proximaty actually every new year the town does a fancy dress street party & all pubs are open till last person standing
The mowlem centre sporting the theatre is amongst the ugliest buildings I've seen.
There are lovely walks & in particular to Durlston head which is one of the finest places for bird watching & sea cliff views. Durlston is a coastwatch centre & dolphins are often seen in the bay.
I have not yet been to the ruins of Corfe Castle but will go next time travelling on their delightful steam train covering 6 miles of track between swanage & Norden. The railway was built in 1885 closed in 1972 & reopened by volunteers in 1979
The castle was built in the 11th centuary & was where Cromwell defeated Lady Bankes & the Royalists. I believe they do excellent cream teas & Dorset apple pie at the pub nearby
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