12th June 2021
The weather has finally fallen on our side with recent temperatures in the high 20’s. Where better to sit and relax than by the river with a south westerly breeze and a cool drink.
The Jurassic Coast stretches a distance of 96 miles, from Orcombe Point near Exmouth to Studland Bay near Bournemouth. This dramatic coastline sees a fascinating mix of bays (Mupe Bay), coves (Lulworth Cove) and sweeping beaches (Studland, Swanage and Seaton). Rocky arches (Durdle Door) and blustery headlands (Ballard Point and Durlston Head) also add to the adventure of exploring this landscape that has been carved by the sea.
It’s actually possible to walk, over a few days, the full length of the Jurassic Coast using the South West Coast Path. Every day will provide stunning new experiences as you come face-to-face with inspirational geology, wildlife and heritage along the way.
Over a period of millions of years, erosion and landslides now reveal rock layers that uncover the geological history of the coastline. Look out for fossils which can be found in abundance – evidence of how animals and plants evolved in this region.
Dorset has some fabulous towns to explore. Bridport, along with the cliffs at nearby West Bay, played a starring role in the TV hit Broadchurch and both are well worth a visit. More TV fame comes from the town of Shaftsbury – home of the Gold Mill that was made famous in the Hovis bread advert.
For something a little different head to the seaside town of Lyme Regis with its ancient harbour – known as the Cobb. Also take time to explore Chesil Beach, a pebble and shingle tombolo that connects Portland to mainland Dorset. At 18 miles long and on average 160 metres wide it is the largest in the UK.
A day at the market town of Wimbourne, including a visit to it’s Minster, is also recommended.
For those who love all things furry, head to petting farm Farmer Palmers which is just outside Poole or the renowned Monkey World in Wool which is home to rescued monkeys and apes from around the world.
The Tank Museum at Wareham puts you up close and personal with vehicles involved in action from all of the major wars of the 20th century. The exhibition includes firsthand accounts from those who fought and tells the story of armoured warfare from World War One through to the present day. Highlights include the world’s first ever tank ‘Little Willie’, the feared German Tiger tank and the modern-day Challenger 2.
A favourite haunt for children and adults alike is Corfe Castle. History lovers will be captivated by the romantic castle ruins and breathtaking views across Purbeck. The fallen walls and secret places of this royal fortress contain 1,000 years of treachery and treason!
There’s no better place to head back to after a long coastal walk than one of our comfortable and spacious houses. The stylish self-catering accommodation at Riverside Park provides a well-equipped kitchen to prepare and enjoy a hearty evening meal – recharging your batteries ready for the following day’s adventures.
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