The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A traditional Dorset country inn with the Isle of Purbeck Brewery on the premises. A cosy bar is warmed by log fires in winter and the extensive gardens are perfect for alfresco dining in summer. Dogs are welcome.
A sheltered strip with interesting rocky crags where lovelorn teens have carved their emotions into the stones, which must've taken some effort! Worth it just to meet the Owner of Joe's Cafe, where the kids can borrow beach toys for free. A National Trust car park is available between South Beach and it's sister, Middle Beach.
The southwestcoastalpath.org website has lots of lovey walks to share and this one of just under four miles takes you along stunning cliff tops with views over the ocean. Take a look at their website for further details and take care with children and dogs near the cliffs.
Depending on your interests, you might know Studland best for its three miles of pristine sand, its world-class bird watching opportunities, or its naked visitors. Studland has three beaches, one of which is a designated naturist area; behind the sands is a National Nature Reserve which teems with wildlife and rare birds. The village of Studland has a number of interesting features, including the Norman church and the ancient, mythical Agglestone; a 400 ton rock balancing precariously on the heathland outside the village.
A National Trust nature reserve, this three-mile curve of sand is home to many breeds of rare bird. Voted the UK's 4th top beach by Which? Magazine - though locals would probably place it higher. Studland is also a popular family beach famous for its nudist section at Knoll Bay, the National Trust's only designated naturist beach. With safe shallow waters, sandy beach and a cafe this is a great place for children. National Trust members can park for free.
Gets pretty busy at peak times, but it's a great place all year round - as sandy as the Bournemouth beaches but totally sheltered from the prevailing south westerly breezes. National Trust Membesr park for free. Use the road from Corfe or chain ferry from Sandbanks.
Get all ‘Brief Encounter’ with a steam train trip on the Swanage Railway.
A fantastic heritage steam and diesel railway line. Stunning Corfe Castle is one of the stops. Staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Large prams can be accommodated in the guards carriage.
A load of chuff?
According to my boyfriend, the keen railway enthusiast, this is very good - I particularly remember how loud the 'choo choo' was!
High on a windswept hill, this atmospheric castle is a dark and brooding place indeed.
Rich history - combine with Kinsgston Lacy
William the Conqueror founded a castle on this site but the current ruins date from the 12th Century. Sir John Bankes bought the castle in 1635, and was owner during the English Civil War during which his wife led the defence of the castle when it was twice besieged by Parliamentarian forces. The ultimate settlement of the siege involved Lady Banks 'retiring' to Kingston Lacy House, near Wimborne. Now owned by the National Trust (as is Kingston Lacy, and Studland Bay, also originally owned by the Bankes family), it is a great visit, particularly for history buffs. The NT shop in Corfe is one of the Trust's biggest and busiest.
Events at Corfe Castle
Corfe Castle is a great setting for open-air theatre and cinema events. Living history days and castle quests during school holidays help to bring the history of these fascinating ruins to life.
From kayak rental to kayaking tours, tuition, kayak fishing, archery, coasteering and snorkelling, its all going on here! Whatever your level expert instructors are available to help and it all takes place on Middle Beach with stunning views to the Isle of Wight and easy access to explore Swanage and Poole Harbour by sea.
Offering a range of horse rides with stunning views on beaches, through forest, heath and coastal ridge. With friendly staff and fabulous horses you are sure of a great day out.
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