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|Some interesting places to
visit in this part of Dorset. Click on the pictures for more
|Mill House Cider Museum|
We like this venue.
Very informal. Four miles from Limekiln House. Extensive
greenhouses with a comprehensive variety of garden
plants: flowers, shrubs, vegetables etc. The cider
museum exhibits a large number of historical presses and
other items with an introductory video on the history
and development of English cider making. Also a clock
museum and a local produce shop selling Dorset cider,
ales, cheeses, ice-cream and other items. Free parking.
About seven miles from Limekiln house. Known as the 'lost village', Tynham was taken by the Army for war-time training and was never returned to the villagers. The school and church have been restored and now house exhibits of old village life. There is free parking on grass and a level one mile walk to the unspoiled Worbarrow Bay. Don't miss the historical area over the small bridge and turn left. Toilet facilities. Climb Warbarrow Tout for a view from St Alban's Head to Portland Bill. If you're a fit adventurer and like crystals, look for the calcite vein on the western cliff slope.
|Things to do in Purbeck|
Events and places to visit in the Purbeck area. The 'Things to do in Dorset' website contains up-to-date information of current and scheduled events in the Purbecks and surrounding areas. The adjacent picture shows the Blue Pool, a large lake which was originally a clay quarry, now with woodland walks and the usual visitor facilities.
laboriously restored by volunteers and enthusiasts, with
plans to connect to the main line at Wareham in 2018.
Swanage Railway is well worth a ride to enjoy the old
steam engines and the Purbeck countryside. It's also a
good way to visit Corfe Castle (hop off at the station)
and Swanage, avoiding parking problems. Swanage Station
is close to the town centre and the beach. The starting
point car park is at Morden, signposted on the Swanage
road from the Wareham bypass.
The brooding ruins of Corfe Castle stand high on a natural mound in a gap in the Purbeck Hills. Steeped in history and intrigue and the scene of many political murders, the castle was blown up by Cromwell. Combined with the village pubs, shops and the local scenery, Corfe makes for an enjoyable day out.
from Poole Harbour entrance to Studland and is an
unspoilt stretch of beaches, sand dunes, marsh, woodland
and lakes, protected by the National Trust. Plenty of
off-road parking between Sandbanks and Studland. There
is a nudist zone along the beach towards Studland Bay.
Studland, the church, Old Harry Rocks and the Bankes
Arms pub are worth a visit. We had the best ploughman's
lunch ever in 2017.
and Sub-Tropical gardens and tythe barn
A 19 mile drive and
a memorable day out combining three beautiful locations
with free parking at the Swannery and gardens. The
large, ancient tithe barn is combined with a children's
outdoor centre. Car parking fees apply. There is a cafe
/ restaurant at all locations and a plant nursery in the
gardens. The Swannery is set on
board-walks through the reeds behind Chesil Beach.
Visitors are permitted to feed
the swans and cygnets (or as the signs say: 'baby
swans'). The food must be purchased from the Swannery
staff. Sometimes there's a seasonal crop maze for
children. Highly recommended. A classic thatched Dorset
village with old village hotels and pubs. There is a
small covered road train to save your legs and avoid any
rain while travelling from the car park, about half a
mile or so.
|Thomas Hardy and Wessex|
Thomas Hardy books are an insight into bygone Dorset and Wessex, describing many local places in great detail. Hardy's cottage at Bockhampton is maintained by the National Trust. Combine a visit with a walk in the adjacent woods and and a trip to the historical Athelhampton House, a couple of miles towards Bere Regis on the main road. There are allegedly several ghosts here, not all human....
The first trial Boy
Scout camp took place on Brownsea Island and was
organised by Baden-Powell. The Island is now administerd
by the National Trust and is a refuge for a scurry of
brown squirrels and a muster of raucous peacocks. It is
also home to a bird sanctuary and is splendidly isolated
in the middle of Poole Harbour. Ferries run from Poole
Quay and the Poole side of the harbour entrance at
Sandbanks. Full facilities are available on the island.
Open air Shakespeare plays are performed in late summer.
Nominal landing fees apply. Even if you swim there, as
we found out!
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