Camping: Corfe Castle Day 6 – The Cerne Abbas Giant, July/August 2016

Friday was our last full day in Dorset and we had a lot of packing to do. So the navigator (moi) selected a magical mystery drive to see one of Dorset's oldest attractions. The Cerne Abbas Giant. It took us a while to find him, we found the village first. But once we got our …

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Camping: Corfe Castle Day 5 – Hardy’s Cottage & Portland Bill, July/August 2016

When we were in the Lake District it was natural for us to visit properties relating to William Wordsworth. Sometimes several times. And when we're in Dorset, it's only proper to then visit properties relating to Thomas Hardy. Or one of them at least - Hardy's birthplace or Hardy's Cottage. Again, it has been 30 …

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Camping: Corfe Castle Day 4 – RSPB Arne & The “Blue Pool”, July/August 2016

Our relatively brand new tent sprang a leak quite early on in our holiday, around one of the airbeams. This leak was closely followed by another and another and another. Some of Tuesday was spent finding a camping shop and we were able to buy a temporary repair kit to seal the tent. By Wednesday, …

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Camping: Corfe Castle Day 3 – Cloud’s Hill & Mill House Cider & Clock Museums, July/August 2016

When T E Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia) was stationed at Bovington Camp in Dorset, he first rented Cloud's Hill as an "escape" and somewhere to write. He didn't need to sleep or take meals there, as he did that at the barracks. So the property didn't need to act as a domestic residence. I …

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Camping: Corfe Castle Day 2 – Old Harry Rocks, July/August 2016

Day 2 of our holiday was Monday, and the day dawned bright and sunny again. My feet were still a bit sore from the sandals and the shingle the day before, so we decided to go somewhere where I knew there was a well-defined path. (There's a well-defined path at Durdle Door, but I knew there was …

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Camping: Corfe Castle Day 1, Part 2 – Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door, July/August 2016

After Tyneham, we carried on to Lulworth Cove, where we had a ploughman's lunch each. I was wearing hippy sandals and the plan was to walk along the footpath to Durdle Door. But it was very, very hot, and the path was very, very steep - and it was "up" too. I don't really do …

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Camping: Corfe Castle Day 1, Part 1- Tyneham, July/August 2016

We spent last week camping in beautiful Corfe Castle on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. I'd been before, twice, and stayed at Swanage. But that was around 30 years ago. It was my "turn" to suggest a place to go, and while the expected response was North Devon, I think I surprised everyone, even …

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Camping: Eskdale Day 3 – Whitsun weekend 2016

On our last full day in Eskdale, we decided to go for a short ride out to Whitehaven. This is where my mom was evacuated to during the Second World War. A cousin said it was St Bees that they were sent to, and the two are so close, perhaps it was. But Whitehaven has always …

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Camping: Eskdale Day 2 – Whitsun weekend 2016

Day 2 of our Whitsun holiday loomed bright, dry and warm. We walked the few minutes to the station in Dalegarth and joined the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway for a ride down to Ravenglass. We bought an all-day ticket plus one for the dog, so naturally he was also permitted to sit on the seats. …

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