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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Lyme Regis seafront

Lovely Lyme Regis

It was a sunny day, so we prepared a picnic and drove along the south coast to Lyme Regis which is located on the West Dorset/ East Devon border.  Being a popular seaside town finding a parking place wasn't easy.  Just outside town there were signposts for Park and Ride but ignoring these, we pressed …

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Kingston Lacy National Trust building

Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy is an elegant country mansion set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland.  The former home of the Bankes family, Sir John bought the estate in the 1630's, Sir Ralph then built the house in the 1660's and it was then updated and transformed by William in the 1830's until 1981 when Ralph …

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A busy Bournemouth beach and pier

A day in Bournemouth 

What better way to spend a hot, sunny day than at the seaside.  Bournemouth is one of England's premier seaside resorts being located on Dorset's south coast.  Leaving our car on the East Cliff we walked down the steep incline towards the pier. Overlooking the English Channel we stepped into the gardens of the Russell Cotes …

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Poundbury – a new town with a difference!

As we were visiting the Dorset stretch of the Jurasssic Coast, we decided to take a short detour to Poundbury to see what it looks like for ourselves.  Poundbury is a thriving new urban development on the outskirts of Dorchester, West Dorset.  The town was commissioned  by Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales who outlined …

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