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27 Feb 2018
Tyneham The tiny ghost village of Tyneham was requisitioned along with the surrounding Purbeck hills for army training just before Christmas in 1943. Villagers were assured that their homes would be returned to them after the war, but under pressure from the War Office these promises were broken and the village remains under MoD control to this day. The site, close to Lulworth, is now open to the public and offers a fascinating glimpse into the past. Many buildings have suffered ... Read more...
27 Feb 2018
Chesil Beach Chesil Beach is a stunning 18-mile long shingle bank running between West Bay and Portland. The bank protects the land behind it, without it the sea would be further inland. Interestingly, the pebbles vary in size from pea sized at West Bay to large potato size at Portland. This could be due to the southwesterly gales that would carry all of the material to the east and the less strong waves from other directions may carry the smaller pebbles back to the west. Another school of ... Read more...
27 Feb 2018
Durlston Country Park Just a mile south of Swanage lies Durlston Country Park, a naturalist's paradise - 280-acres consisting of sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland. As well as abundant flora and fauna Durlston also offers stunning views from its coastal paths. As you look out to sea you may spot the dolphins which are regular visitors to the area. Dorset County Council established the Park in the 1970s and since then the careful management, combined with its ... Read more...
27 Feb 2018
Studland Studland is best known for its National Nature Reserve and its large, sandy beaches. Stretching for five miles the beaches are ideal for swimming and for a whole range of water sports, which include sailing, diving and windsurfing. Part of the beach attracts naturists and a designated area is marked with signs. The spectacular chalk headland and Old Harry Rocks offer shelter from the worst wind and storms. Behind the beach the sand dunes and heathland make up the Nature Reserve, ... Read more...
27 Feb 2018
Cerne Abbas Giant The village of Cerne Abbas is best known for its chalk Giant, which at 180ft high is carved into the sloping hillside to the north of the village. Cerne Abbas Giant, photo by Allou / shutterstock.com Now under the care of the National Trust this naked Giant's origins remain the subject of much discussion, could it be a fertility symbol or perhaps an ancient Celtic religious symbol? With no written reference to the Giant prior to 1694 the date of its creation may only be ... Read more...
27 Feb 2018
Brownsea Island Brownsea Island is the largest of the islands in Poole harbour. It has been owned by The National Trust since 1962 and is open to visitors from March until October. Brownsea Island by Ian Woolcock / shutterstock.com A visit to Brownsea Island begins for most visitors with an exciting ferryboat trip across Poole Harbour from Poole, Sandbanks, Bournemouth or Swanage. The island is dramatically located at the entrance to the harbour and has spectacular cliff top views of the ... Read more...
27 Feb 2018
Hardy Monument High on the summit of Blackdown Hill, above the village of Portesham, sits the Hardy Monument. Visitors are forgiven if they assume that the monument is in memory of writer Thomas Hardy, who wrote so many of his books in his native Dorchester. It is in fact a tribute to Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, Flag Captain of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, who lived in Portesham until 1781 when he joined the Navy. The huge monument, built of local Portland Stone, was erected ... Read more...
21 Feb 2018
Bournemouth Beach Tops Awards Bournemouth beach came in at number one in the top ten UK beaches according to TripAdvisor users in their annual Travellers' Choice awards and also ranked as the fifth best in Europe. The beach received plenty of glowing comments about its golden sands, quality of water and suitability for family fun. Bournemouth Beach and Pier, photo credit Ian Woolcock / www.shutterstock.com More good news for Dorset is that Weymouth Beach and Hengistbury Head also feature in the top ... Read more...
20 Feb 2018
Easter Events in Dorset Dorset’s Egg-stravaganza of Easter Activities! Easter is nearly here! Whether you’re visiting Dorset for a holiday or live here and want to explore more of your county, there’s never a shortage of places to go and activities for the kids – and big kids! – to get involved in. But what’s on? Dorset is chock full of family-friendly attractions, and many will be hosting Easter Egg Hunts or other fun activities for kids to enjoy over the Easter ... Read more...
12 Feb 2018
Dorset Countryside Escape to the Dorset countryside and breathe in the fresh air as you gaze over a landscape that looks untouched by time; you can just imagine days gone by, when horses pulled the plough and milk churns were left at the farm gate awaiting collection. Rural Dorset sits to the north and east of the county and is made up of rolling hills, chalk downlands, flower meadows, heathlands, and fertile farmland that produces a variety of crops. The Dorset Wildlife Trust has a number of ... Read more...
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