View from Hengistbury Head, Dorset

A walk around Hengistbury Head, Dorset

Hengistbury Head is a dramatic headland located close to Bournemouth and to the south of Christchurch harbour.  It's a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a local nature reserve. There are two large car parks near to the start of the walk situated next to the popular Hiker Cafe.  For the less energetic, a …

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Pastel coloured Houses, Weymouth Harbour

A day in Weymouth

During our stay along the Dorset coast we decided to spend a day in Weymouth which is the gateway to the Jurassic Coast, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located along the Dorset and east Devon coast. After parking near to the town's marina we admired some of the many yachts moored there on our …

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Bournemouth Pier

A walk from Bournemouth to Sandbanks

After having recently enjoyed a walk eastwards from Bournemouth pier to Boscombe, we decided it was time to explore the coast along the opposite direction. Our walk commenced at Pier Approach which is the gateway to Bournemouth's seafront and links the town centre to the beach via the pretty Lower Gardens. Pier Approach, Bournemouth Pier …

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Poole Old Town

A walk around Poole, Dorset

Poole is a coastal town in Dorset close to the larger resort of Bournemouth and is noted for its large natural harbour and historic quayside.  I started my tour of the town next to the Dolphin Shopping Centre so I had a little look around the shops there before continuing along Poole High Street.  This …

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Dorchester town centre

A day in Dorchester

Dorchester is the county town of Dorset in south west England and on one sunny Sunday morning recently we decided to go along and explore this historic market town.  We left our car in the Fairfield long stay car-park which we were pleased to discover offered free parking all day Sunday making this a welcome …

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Boscombe Beach

A walk from Bournemouth to Boscombe

Setting off from Pier Approach on Bournemouth's seafront we decided to take a circular walk along to the suburb of Boscombe.  It was to be a pier to pier walk plus a little more besides.  From Bournemouth Pier we set off in an easterly direction along the lower promenade which is known as the Undercliff.  …

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Wimborne Minster

Wimborne Minster, Dorset

The attractive small market town of Wimborne Minster lies ten miles north west of the seaside resort of Bournemouth in Dorset. Before setting off we'd consulted the Parkopedia website for suggestions on where to park.  We find Parkopedia really useful as it offers up-to-date advice and prices.  For Wimborne it had recommended the Westfield Close …

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Corfe Castle, Dorset

Corfe Castle, Dorset

Corfe Castle is a small village on the Isle of Purbeck located midway between Wareham to the north and Swanage to the south in the picturesque county of Dorset.  Wandering around the village with its charming buildings constructed from the local Purbeck stone we soon arrived in the village square.  Here we found a cluster …

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River Frome, Wareham

Wareham, Dorset

On arrival in the town we were following car park signs but managed to park on the road which was fortunate.  Leaving the car, we walked past the Town Hall and popped into the Town Museum for a little look.  Admission is free and its small galleries depict the town's history and display historic artefacts. …

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Blandford Forum, Dorset

Blandford Forum, Dorset

Blandford Forum is a market town in Dorset, 15 miles north of Poole.  I'd read the town was noted for its Georgian architecture so I was keen to take a look.  Approaching Blandford Forum we passed through pretty villages with quaint names such as Sturminster Marshall and Charlton Marshall.  Arriving in the town, we parked …

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