"Dorset - some things you might like to know" Top 5 Page for this destination Dorset by LouiseTopp

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Dorset, the Unspoilt landscape

English Heritage have tried very hard to save this part of England. With it's chalky cliffs & pretty villages, its the ideal place to stay for a holiday. I have listed a number of places that I've been to, any more information will be updated here.

Swanage

Swanage is a holiday town with views over Swanage Bay, great scenery from Durlston Head south of the town, & a good beach at Studland to the north, though you have to pay money to get on it in the summer as it’s the National Trust land. The town is on the Isle Of Purbeck, isn’t an island just where the land juts out into the English Channel, with Corfe Castle close by. Swanage often called “Gem of the Dorset coast”, is a popular seaside resort with many things to do. Every year they have a fireworks show off the pier which is really good, there are also lots of bands playing, & The new Forest Harley Davison Motor Group always arrive to park along the seafront. There are two arcades along the seafront & a restaurant with in & outdoor seating, up the road is the shopping areas. Website: http://www.swanage.gov.uk/

Corfe Castle & the railway

Owned by the National trust, I think it was destroyed by Cromwell in 1646. Set upon a hill it’s a very imposing sight; it also has a lady ghost. The village of Corfe is very interesting with plenty of shops, there’s also a tea shop at the bottom of the castle which is very nice in the summer; cows roam on the other side of a fence in herds & they have a cat (the café staff, not the cows). Here you can catch a steam train at the station which takes you between Swanage & the castle, which is very pleasant.

Please see my Swanage page for more information on this wonderful place. Thank you.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lovely in the summer
  • Cons:Horrid in the rain, deckchair attendents
  • In a nutshell:Beautiful place of England
  • Last visit to Dorset: Sep 2003
  • Intro Updated Aug 12, 2005
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