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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset » Bournemouth June 13th 2021

Bournemouth Blues -Piprey on wheels Heatwave in England has become an annual event and the ideal time to hit the beaches. I booked advance tickets (Price 50 GBP for a return via Reading while in 2005 it was 18 GBP via London). At Hayes and Harlington station, I carried the cycle over all the stairs when an old English woman remarked that she hoped to see the lift in next 10 years. I had a laugh and nodded with hope :) Arriving at interchange, Reading, I boarded the train. In the cycle compartment, I lifted the front wheel into the hook up in the air and kept it suspended. Next year, I shall definitely qualify for Olympic weight lifting championship. The cross country train travelled via Southampton to Bournemouth. It was old train compared to Great ... read more
Gorgeous tall trees
Road by the beach
Boscombe pier

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset » Weymouth August 13th 2019

August 13, 2019 Weymouth, England Never heard of Weymouth, England? You’re not alone! England’s BEST. KEPT. SECRET! We weren’t able to dock until 11am, so we had a leisurely morning. Typical breakfast in the grand dining room (with Milica) an espresso at Barista’s with Gaia. While in the dining room the Pilot came on board (aft…we didn’t have the same front row seat this time); we went up to Barista’s and watched the Pilot guide us through the first man made harbor in the UK. The wall is deceptive as there are two main “entrances” – one…which we thought we’d enter because it looked larger and the other “larger” one. The first one is actually angled, so a large ship would have a difficult time. We both thought the ship was going to ram the wall, ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset July 28th 2019

Just to confuse you, this blog is being started three days after our journey started, as it's only now that it occurred to me that we could do this, and that after re-living some of the more humorous moments of the Spurin's blogs with them whilst staying at their house in Boscombe. But I am getting ahead of myself. We set off on this family holiday which will coincide with Anna's 18th birthday on the hottest day of the year. In fact, if you believe the news reports, it was supposed to be the hottest day ever recorded in Britain! It certainly felt like it, and we were very thankful that our car has air conditioning. Even Anna, who normally grumbles when I turn it on, demanded that it be switched back on after only a ... read more
Brick wall in Berinsfield
Red Kite

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset » Christchurch June 14th 2019

Friday 14th We were visiting Christchurch for the Flowerfest and arrived in good time for the Mary Poppins inspired Flower arranging demonstration with afternoon tea at the Captain's Club hotel. The hotel overlooked the river and the little ferry boat was decorated with flowers at it ferried passengers to Chrustchurch Quay. Time for a drink before the ofher guests started to arrive, The doors opened at 3pm and a warm welcome was given as we were directed to our table, the beautiful circular tables looked wonderful with bottles of clear, blue & pink bottles/co trainers filled with amazing flowers & embellished with Mary Poppins deign ribbons. We were served with a choice of tea or coffee and each guest had a delicious 3 tiered stand containing finger sandwiches, savouries, scones and cake delights including a nod ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset » Poole October 17th 2018

Last night was the last club swim of the season with EDOWSC which was a night swim. Heading in at 7.20pm and out at 8, covered in flashing lights and glow sticks, all 31 of us entered the water, its such a different world swimming in the dark. I've done it a few times in Channel relays and in training, but I feel like there's nothing better! When you breathe, you see the stars each side, under the water you see your goggle light illuminating the water beneath you and it feels like the water is wrapping itself around you. I lost my swim buddy Tim, everyone looked the same! After our swim, we gathered around drinking hot chocolate and eating a biscuit! ... read more
Group of 31
Entering the water

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset July 13th 2018

So where to next? Didn't fancy any more narrow roads, A roads or not, if we headed West things would only get trickier. South it was then and Lyme Regis seemed a nice place to go spend a few days... Hmmm. We pulled in to LR early evening and was chuffed to see that the two main car parks had designated Motorhome spaces, hmm well they were if you’re a Euro Box. We stuck out about eight feet so they were no good for us. Being considerate RV types, we found a spot in the Cliff Top Car Park and tucked ourselves away in the corner where we didn't bother anyone, not that there was anyone to bother, the place was empty. We were on a bit of a slope but that didn't bother us, time ... read more
We do stick out a bit
Not allways so level
Jurassic Coast

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset » Lyme Regis June 27th 2018

Leaving behind the beauty of Lulworth Cove we keep heading west towards Cornwall and stop in the seaside town of Lyme Regis. The town is your typical seaside town, it even has the buntings zig zagging the high street! We first strolled down to the seafront which was mostly a rock plateau. We followed the foot path along the waters edge until we reached the start of the high street and the pebbled beach. The town is pleasant and has many bakeries, ice cream parlours, pubs and gift shops, its what you expect from a British seaside resort town. We looped our away around the quaint back streets, one of which was very pretty with a little stream running parallel to the lane we walked up. Eventually our wanderings brought us back to our motor home ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset June 26th 2018

My memories of Durdle Door and Lulworth cove were vivid and for some reason I had it fixed in my head that both had sandy beaches, how wrong was I. We took the steep path down to Durdle Door enjoying the impressive scenery as we went. Eventually when we reached the beach we found the entire beach to be pebbles. It was quite a painful walk across the pebbles, had we known we would have brought our water shoes. We found a spot to park ourselves and gingerly walked across the stones down to the water, it was cold but crystal clear, certainly not for swimming although it didn't stop some hard core punters taking a dip. We sat for a while on the beach, surprisingly for mid week and June it was quite busy. Around ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset » Swanage June 25th 2018

I had fond memories as a child of coming on holiday with my parents with the caravan to Durdle Door,Lulworth Cove and Swanage. The memories are vivid as I would only have been about six or so but the happy feelings are still there, I felt it was time to relive the favourite childhood holiday spot and revisit both areas. Today we planned to visit Corfe Castle then make our way down to Swanage visiting Harry's rocks and Swanage town, before spending a couple of nights in Durdle Door. Corfe Castle is both a village and a ruined castle and has been the site of a castle since the 10th century. The castle is where the young King Edward was murdered by his stepmother so her own son Ethelred could become King. The later part of ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset » Poole June 24th 2018

We thought it would be a good idea to join English Heritage and not National Trust as we enjoyed visiting old Castles and Abbey's as opposed to stately homes. We knew we would probably see a fair few heritage sites so by becoming a member the savings would be quite significant. Close to Semley was Wardour Castle and by all accounts worth visiting. The castle was built in the late 14th century as a lightly fortified luxury residence. The castle was badly damaged during the civil war and is now a romantic ruin and incorporated into the landscaped grounds of New Wardour House which has no public access. The castle was just as they described it, a romantic ruin and we really enjoyed exploring it especially as there was hardly anyone else here. Our next destination ... read more

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