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  • Weymouth in Dorset - a Royal Favourite

    Weymouth in Dorset - a Royal Favourite

    After King George III visited Weymouth in 1789 and declared “I never enjoyed a sight so pleasing.”  this seaside town has been a popular place for holidaymakers. Thereafter George III, who suffered ill-health, regularly visited the town. It was during his reign that fresh air and bathing in the sea became recognised as being beneficial for good health and a cure for tuberculosis. King George himself swam in the sea ...

  • The Walks of Wareham in Dorset

    The Walks of Wareham in Dorset

    Situated between the Rivers Frome and Piddle in idyllic Dorset countryside Wareham is well-placed for walks to suit all ages and standards. The Two Rivers Walks are short, circular trails following footpaths and quiet roads alongside the rivers Frome and Piddle that flow through the town. The Walls Walk and the Town Walk are around the town - a town that is full of history ...

  • A Warm Welcome Awaits in the Dorset Town of Wimborne

    A Warm Welcome Awaits in the Dorset Town of Wimborne

    The welcoming town centre of Wimborne is a large open space filled with the chairs and tables of cafés and restaurants that surround it. When I arrived it was summer and the sun was shining, brightening the blooms that decorated the pavement. It looked more continental than English even though I was in a small traditional Dorset town ...

  • Christchurch - A Dorset Diamond

    Christchurch - A Dorset Diamond

    On arrival in the Dorset town of Christchurch I was intrigued by a sign directing me to the Ducking Stool. I set off down a narrow lane beside Ye Olde George Inn the oldest pub in the town. Originally called the George and Dragon this old coach house was built during the fifteenth century. In the early eighteenth century the old timber framed building was refaced with brick. Princess Victoria who later became Queen Victoria rested her horses here ...

  • Swanage – A Story in Stone

    Swanage – A Story in Stone

    As I meandered through crowds of holidaymakers dodging swinging buckets and whirling spades I found it hard to believe that Swanage had once been a simple fishing village on the Dorset coast. In those days the centre of the community had been the Mill Pond and it was here I began my walk around the town ...

  • Brownsea Island - Dorset's Wildlife Haven

    Brownsea Island - Dorset's Wildlife Haven

    I was browsing through my photos when I came across this image and it reminded me of a very special walk on the island of Brownsea in Dorset to watch the red squirrels gathering nuts for the winter. And we did actually see red squirrels busy in the woods that cover a large proportion of the island.

  • A Stroll through the town of Poole in Dorset

    A Stroll through the town of Poole in Dorset

    When the sea fret rolled in across Poole Quay I thought that was the end of my day out in Poole but then I began to enjoy this ethereal experience and the sound of shipping hooting in the harbour close by.

  • A Bike Ride Along Poole Harbour

    A Bike Ride Along Poole Harbour

    Poole Harbour is the largest natural harbour in Europe and a hive of activity all year round. I decided to explore the section between the tip of the Sandbanks peninsula and Poole Quay.

  • A Day Out at Corfe Castle Village

    A Day Out at Corfe Castle Village

    I started my journey to the village on the open top deck of the number 50 Purbeck Breezer that runs from Bournemouth to Swanage via the chain ferry that links the Sandbanks sand spit to the Studland Peninsula.

  • Ticket to Ride Swanage Railway

    Ticket to Ride Swanage Railway

    I was enticed into the train station at Swanage by the aroma of grilling bacon and the thought of a bacon buttie.

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