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Dorset

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  • Day140

    Beaches of Sand, Pebbles & Rocks

    October 24, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Over the last few days we have covered quite a bit of the coastline travelling from Penzance to Brighton.
    Stops along the way included Torquay, its coastline nicknamed the English Riviera, Lyme Regis, nicknamed "The Pearl of Dorset" and noted for the fossils found in the cliffs and beaches, and West Bay (Jurassic Coast), which was the location for the UK tv series Broadbeach. The beaches are diverse and unique from one to the next along this part of the coastline - some have tiny pebbles, others larger rocks and others again varying shades and grades of sand, some beaches having all three.Read more

  • Day27

    Wimborne Minster Model Village

    August 27 in the United Kingdom

    So it’s 1951 and you decide to build a 1/10 model of your town.
    By the 80’s people don’t see it as the cutting edge of entertainment anymore and it’s pretty well derelict.
    They sell the land from underneath you, what do you do?
    You get someone rich to give you a field and you move it bit by bit and reopen in 1991. You cut it up with an angle grinder and hope you bring all the bits.
    Still not the cutting edge of entertainment but has a certain charm. We liked it.Read more

  • Day26

    Horton Inn or a refuge from drawning

    August 26 in the United Kingdom

    Terrible drive in rain to the very dry Horton Inn.

    The Horton is in the middle of nowwhere but is a great palce at a reasonable price.

    Originally they only had a twin but the nice people have found us a double with a bathroom the size of the Granny Flat.

    We wouldn’t have cared if we slept in the carpark.

    The drive from Salisbury was pretty horrendous with a lot of water on the roads and a few fords.

    Warm and dry and Mark had a drink straight away.

    Bernadette was very brave through the entire experience calling out local flooding and approaching tidalwaves.

    Tomorrow WILL BE DRY.
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  • Day28

    Lulworth Cove

    August 28 in the United Kingdom

    World Heritage Jurassic coast.
    Great spot, blue and green sea, not a wave to be seen.
    Beach gives you all you could want, shingle, sand, rocks, more rocks, smaller rocks.
    Terrific bay, fishing boats, cliffs, three types of folded rocks.
    People jumping into cold water, dressed for the Arctic.

    Many intrepid walkers headed along the coast, we watched them go.

  • Day27

    Kingston Lacy House

    August 27 in the United Kingdom

    Excessive drive of 5 miles and we reached a National Trust property called Kingston Lacey.
    Built in the Palladian Style think big, straight and very impressive.
    Everyone is out and about after yesterday’s rain. Last day of long weekend and lots of caravans going home early to dry off.

    Another terrific house, million pounds art collection and 16,000 acres of land. This helps make a National Trust one of UK largest private landowners.

    Estate has garden the size of a postcode and extends down to coast including Corfe Castle. (Will see that tomorrow).
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  • Day40

    Looe to Weymouth

    October 10 in the United Kingdom

    We sadly left Looe this morning after one last walk around town. Our drive to Weymouth was beautiful especially as it was the sunniest day yet- not a cloud in the sky all day and very warm. It was the loveliest drive mainly through bush and trees on minor motorways. We made a stop for a coffee and one last scone at a lovely cafe in Honiton, an old fashioned town with some lovely wee gift shops and a market on the side of the road. Not far from there we came across a huge stretch of beach. We parked and wandered down a track to the pebble beach where several fishermen were set up. The beach was a long stretch of coast and it was a beautiful sight. Weymouth was not far from there but it was 3 pm by the time we pulled in at our apartment which is at the bottom of a very large house. We are surrounded by large beautiful manor houses, some 5 storeys. It seems a very affluent area. We immediately set off in search for food and thankfully the town centre was only a 15 minute walk and it took no time to find a lovely pub and some nice snacks to eat. This town is also set around a harbour but seems spacious and less old. There are many tourist shops and the usual amusement arcades that go with British seaside towns. However it seems very quiet and relaxed and we enjoyed walking around. We finally headed back to the apartment to get sorted for tomorrow and then we walked back into town (18 000 steps today!) for dinner at an interesting old pub where we had the best fish and chips and mushy peas of the trip. We returned at 9 thinking about our departure tomorrow.Read more

  • Day28

    More reflections by Bern

    August 28 in the United Kingdom

    English people are unerringly polite...except if you jump a queue.

    England is the home the big breasted woman.

    Women tend to not wear jeans. They wear slacks. Often red.

    Toast is only waved over the toaster, making it more bread really.

    I love how kids call their parents mummy and daddy not mum and dad and that 12 year old boys hold hands with their dads.

    Public Gardens are used by thousands of families every weekend. Kids roll down hills, splash in the rills. Rain makes no difference.

    English couples, always have a fold up chair. Open up the boot, pour the tea from a thermos and voilà, you have a cafe. If it’s raining, there are always umbrellas.

    I have seen it all. At the Fox Inn there is a dog menu. Dogs rule.i think I have developed an allergy to dog hair.

    No other country can claim ownership of a river named Piddle which runs through Puddletown, which was originally called Piddletown. Confused?
    The towns south of the river didn’t like the connotations of the word piddle in their name, so they changed their name to Puddletown, Tolpuddle etc while towns north of the river kept the piddle in the name, Piddletrenthide and Piddlehinton. Piddle do Puddle, you choose.

    A wonderful country
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  • Day28

    The Fox Hotel

    August 28 in the United Kingdom

    Rural Dorset is how they advertise themselves.
    The place is faithful to the advertisement.
    It is very rural up a lot of narrow lanes as opposed to narrow roads.
    Was originally built 250 years ago as the house of a successful brewer but when the pub burn down they moved it into the house.
    Brewery is now largest in Dorset and own a range of pubs.
    It’s been well renovated last year.
    Very nice although they need to either buy a vacuum cleaner or show someone how to use it.
    We are running a competition on how many times Mark hits his head getting out of bed.
    Results will be published Thursday if he recovers.
    Please leave estimate.
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  • Day28

    Lulworth Castle

    August 28 in the United Kingdom

    All part of the Lulworth Estate that includes the Cove.

    Originally built as a Tudor hunting lodge by one of the endless and confusing Howard’s the place ended up in the hands of the Weld’s and all was going nicely until there was the predictable fire in 1929.

    The family built a very grand new house next door and managed a deal with English Heritage to restore it and roof it in 1998. But not the inside so it makes a very interesting place.

    Interestingly, the Welds are Catholic and have have remained so for all the years no matter how difficult or expensive that was.

    Having an Anglican Church on one side of the castle they were able to get George III to let them build a free standing catholic chapel on the other in 1778.
    It was the first one allowed to be constructed since Henry VIII. Permission was actually granted for a mausoleum, but with a bit of lateral thinking it ended up as church.
    Very nice it is to.
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  • Day27

    Kingston Lacey Garden

    August 27 in the United Kingdom

    We have the:

    Formal garden
    Japanese garden
    Sunken garden
    Fern garden
    Kitchen garden

    3 obelisks one of which was shipped from Egypt in the 1850's and took eight years to arrive.
    Garden sarcophagus (this is a must on garden redesign plans.

    Quite a place.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Dorset, DOR, Dorsæte, دورست, Дорсет, דורסט, डॉर्सेट, ドーセット, 도싯 주, Dorcestria, Grofschaft Dorset, Dorsetas, Dorseta, ഡോർസെറ്റ്, ڈورسٹ, ดอร์เซต, דארסעט, 多實郡, 多塞特郡

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