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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

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset » Shaftesbury June 23rd 2018

If you grew up in England during the 70's and 80's like I did then you would remember Britain's favourite advert.. Hovis. Ridley's Scotts famous advert set around the 1930's with the young boy pushing his bike up a cobbled steep street with a basket of bread, the street lined with quaint old homes then having dropped off his bread riding back down again with his legs splayed, was filmed in Gold Hill Shaftesbury. All the years I lived in England I had never been and the Hovis advert was part of my childhood so I just had to visit. We first stopped in Reading to visit Go Outdoors and Decathlon to buy some things before heading over to Shaftesbury in Dorset. Go Outdoors cost us a 100 pounds more than we planned as we had ... read more
Gold Hill
Gold Hill

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Dorset June 9th 2018

Oooops sorry I'm playing catch up a bit here. I hadn't noticed until now that I'd left out a trip. Well here goes... A quick stop over in Arundel, yep in a field in the shadow of Arundel Castle. Such a picturesque town with plenty to see and do. As usual the ‘do’ for us was walking the dawgs. Good job too as we'd have probably missed out some stunning countryside and views of the castle. Arundel Cathedral is stunning and for such a small town it just adds to quirk and splendour. We spent a day chilling out before moving on the Brighton, Peacehaven in fact. I had hoped to get to Port-en-Bessin in France in the RV for commemorations of the D-Day raid in which my Great Uncle Maurice took part. He was in ... read more
Hidden History
River Tide

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

Tomorrow we set off on our next adventure-4 US states in 24 days!! A celebration of our 45th wedding anniversary on 1st September and us both reaching 65!!!!!!!... read more

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

First schoolgirl error. Of course we're travelling through 4 states not continents 😂... read more

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