‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’

Corfe Castle in the evening sunshine

We camped in Dorset last weekend close to Corfe Castle, where we enjoyed a variety of activities including a beautiful drive across the deserted MOD region of Dorset to Lulworth Cove, where we took a bracing walk along the coastal path to Durdle Door. Of course we also visited Corfe Castle itself, pictured majestically in the evening sunshine and from there caught the steam train to Swanage where we strolled along the water’s edge eating ice cream. How English!

On the following day we drove along the coast visiting the various National Trust beaches on Studland Bay;  those nearest to Swanage look out towards Old Harry Rock which is akin to the Needles, but at the far end the views are of Brownsea Island and Poole Harbour leading to the famous Sandbanks peninsula. 

On the Sunday we decided to just chill out and for the first time in my life we hired deckchairs and sat on Swanage Beach reading the newspaper. This also seemed a very English thing to do and one of those simple pleasures i’d never experienced. Later on, when the sun finally shone, we even took our coats off. Of course this weekend has been a heat wave. Such is life!

Our peaceful afternoon left us refreshed for our journey home on Monday.

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