Durdle Door is close to the village of Lulworth and is probably one of the most photographed landmarks on the Jurassic coast.The rock arch just off the beach was formed as a result of the softer rocks being eroded away behind the hard limestones,and this allowed the sea to find its way through.
To reach Durdle Door you can either drive down to Lulworth Cove,leave your car in the car park and then take the coastal footpath towards Weymouth.The shortest walk to reach Durdle Door is via the Durdle Door Holiday Park.When you reach Wool on the A352 road look out for the brown signposts to Durdle Door.When you reach the holiday park take the road through the park until you come to a large grass area with great views,this is where you park.Parking charges apply £3 for two hours.From here it is a 20 minute walk down to the beach and arch.
Tyneham village is situated some 3.7 miles south of Wareham.As the land is a military firing range it is only open to the public at certain times,mainly weekends and school holidays.Parking is available by the village.The walk is about 1 mile and takes you down to Worbarrow Bay,which has a sand and shingle beach.Some areas are out of bounds to the public ,take notice of the signs.
This is a small cruciform style church with walls of limestone rubble.The north transit and parts of the nave are medieval,dating back to the 13th century.However,the south transit was rebuilt in the mid 19th century.The church is now maintained by the military and has become the site of a permanent exhibition giving the history of Tyneham.
Durlston Country Park is a 280 acre countryside paradise with great views and walks.Here you will also find Durlston Castle,within which is a visitor centre and the Seventhwave restaurant.
The Great Globe which is below the castle is a 40 ton limestone globe, 3 meters in diameter and engraved with a world map as it was in 1880.
This is also an ideal spot for seeing bird life including Guillemots,Fulmars,Skylarks and Peregrine Falcons.One of the best places in the U.K for seeing the Bottlenose Dolphin.
Arne RSPB nature reserve is a 1250 acre nature reserve which overlooks Poole Harbour and is situated 5 miles from Wareham in Dorset.From the car park at the reserve it is about a 30 minute walk to Poole Harbour.Narrow sandy beach at waters edge good for a picnic.
The Sika deer (which originally came from Japan) is common on this reserve.SEE VIDEO!
If you walk along the seafront from Boscum to Bournemouth, it's quite a bracing walk. There's many beach huts along the way with little porche's & coloured doors. You can rent these for a day & include's a kitchen area & four deck chair's.
If you choose to walk along the beach, it can be quite tiring. If so you can catch a little blue land train with flashing light which goes up & down the prominaid, which is about 7 mile's long (the seafront; not the train!).
it's £1.60 for an adult & £1 for children, wheelchairs are accepted on board. There's side flaps to stop any rain getting in.
On very windy days the sand swirl's up off the beach into a spirel, there's also impressive cliff's (known as chines). The wind bring's out the serfer's who do impressive hand stands, & get very wet; also the crazie's come out & have a paddle in freezing tempreture's in their swim suit's!
There's a hotel at the top (the Highcliff) with a cable car which goes up & down the cliff, or a long flight of stair's. There's public toilot's along the way including among other thing's:
A Harry Ramdons takeaway
A sheltered terrace
It take's me age's to walk from Boscum to Bournemouth, you can also cycle along as well (about 30 mins to the piers from Hengisbury Head) there's restrictions during the summer. In summer people have barbeque's on the beach, especially when they have the firework. All through August every Friday 23rd July to 27th August, Fireworks are released from Bournemouth pier which is quite spectacular. Ocean FM usually plays in the square with a chance to win a car, or what ever banger's on offer that year.
In November 1943 notice was given to the population of about 252 people from 106 properties to vacate the houses and leave the village.As most of the properties belonged to the squire the occupants were paid compensation only for the produce in their gardens.They were promised their homes back when war ended,but they never got to return to live in their homes again.
The village,bay and Lulworth ranges are now managed by the Ministry of Defence therefore access is limited.Public access is allowed on most weekends and during the school holidays.Access is free but a donation at the car park is required and this goes towards the upkeep of the village etc.From the village you can take a 1 mile walk down to Worbarrow Bay.
This is a tiny little village with access to a wonderful huge beach between Bridport & Weymouth (turn off at the Bull Inn). I only discovered it as I needed to turn around after dropping Derek of at a nearby hill for his paragliding.
Cafe, toilets & a small car park which is being gradually eroded by the sea, are all the facilities here. There were quite a few campervans here both early morning & mid evening, so I think it must be a popular spot for free camping.
Known in the Domesday Book of 1986 as Bessintone, in the 1930s attempts were made to make it in to a holiday resort but thankfully failed and is now a nature reserve.
This monument was built 5 years after the death of Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy of HMS Victory in 1844, who lived 1 mile away in the village of Portesham.
It is a wonderful panoramic viewing point with it being 770 feet above sea level & standing at 70 feet high. When we were up there a Chinook helicopter flew past at our eye level a very short distance away, which was an impressive sight to see too. Open weekends from April to the end of September.
Now the monument is owned by the National Trust, its is only £1.00 to climb the 121 winding steps to the viewing platform at the top.
For photos of hazy views see the travelogue
We spent 5 days exploring the beautiful Isle of Wight, much more here to see & do than I was expecting, the highlight of my time here was to Osbourne House, the Italian style holiday home of Queen Victoria, beautiful house and grounds. The southern part of the island is much less developed & had a barren, wild feel to it. The islands most famous landmark is The Needles, a line of stacks walking in to the sea to a lighthouse on the west of the Island. For lots more information see my main Isle of Wight page. The Isle of Wight has been a popular British holiday resort for centurys, because of the slighter warmer climate, the Romans spent a lot of time here too, naming it "Island of Vectis very near to Britannia"
Although the Isle of Wight is not actually in Dorset itself it is just off the Dorset & Hampshire coast and is accessible from the Dorset ports of Weymouth and Poole (plus the Hampshire port of Portsmouth).
We visited Stone Henge enroute to Cerne Abbas, in Dorset.
Other people have told me they were disappointed when they saw it. So I went not expecting very much.
The first glimpse of it is from the road, as you are driving down into a valley... it is perched on the other side of the valley as it rises again.
It isnt huge but isnt small either. I certainly found it impressive! We were glad to have gotten there quite early too, before all the tons of tour buses arrived! I wouldnt enjoy it at all then.
We didnt venture into it, as it wasnt open yet, but stood by the fence and took some photos. Good thing we have a good zoom lens!
There were three camper vans parked down a dirt road to the right of Stonehenge.. I guess some people take it a lot more seriously than we do! haha Watching for what, I wonder?
The stones themselves are very interesting, as is their formation. Definately worth a visit if you are going that way, but dont expect to be blown away!
Only a couple miles from Dorchester, Dorset, is Maiden Castle. Don't expect to see a "castle," though; this is an Iron-Age Hill fort and probably the best prserved in Europe. Although started long before the Celts arrived in Britain, perhaps about 4000 years ago, it is a good example of the type of forts which the Celts used. The remains are primarily from the Celtic era, too, and the Romans captured it after a seige. One can get a ggood walk in the countryside and a good view of the surrounding land, as well.
It's off A354 south of Dorchester.
A visit to this little school is like stepping back in time,you can find it next to St Mary's church,with parking close by.
The school closed to pupils in 1932.
See website for opening times.
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