Cirencester town centre

Exploring Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Cirencester is located 80 miles west of London and is often referred to as the capital of the Cotswolds as it lies in the heart of this beautiful part of England.  It was our first visit to this prosperous market town and after finding somewhere to park on the edge of the town, we were …

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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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Lymington town centre

Looking around Lymington

Lymington is a Georgian market town located on the western bank of the Lymington river in Hampshire and is surrounded on three sides by the New Forest National Park.  The town has a railway station which is on a branch line to Brockenhurst with links to the south coast main line between London and Weymouth. …

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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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Canal boats, Basingstoke canal, Odiham

Odiham and the Basingstoke Canal

The Basingstoke Canal was built in 1794 to connect Basingstoke with the River Thames at Weybridge.  Its intended purpose was to allow boats to travel between the docks in East London and Basingstoke allowing goods such as flour, timber and coal to be transported.  It was never a commercial success and from the 1950's due …

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