The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A family friendly freehouse with skittle alley, large garden and a log fire. Dogs and children are welcome.
Two miles out of Weymouth, Bowleaze Cove is a sand and pebble beach backed by grassy fields. At low tide a swathe of beach is revealed, although this disappears at high tide. There is on road and paid parking available, and a cafe, pub, amusement arcade and shops are nearby. Visitors should keep an eye out for fossils, famous along this stretch of coast.
A circular walk around Sherbourne of approximately six and a half miles. The going is fairly easy on country lanes, footpaths and tracks, although there are nine stiles. Park on the road by the church at Haydon village and follow the directions on the Web site.
Straight out of a Thomas Hardy novel, Sturminster Newton has all the ingredients of a classic village - thatched inns, a weekly market, a mill on the river spanning which is a six-arched bridge, and the remains of an ancient castle. Pastoral bliss.
World famous landscaped gardens with a magnificent lake as centrepiece. Certainly worth a visit to see the classical temples, mystical grottoes and rare, exotic trees. Why not combine a walk around the garden with a visit to the house, restaurant and shop with opening time information available on their Web site.
This is the most beautiful place you can imagine - the walk around the lake, dropping into the various buildings and grottoes, is breathtaking. All I can say is you really must visit.
A wonderful must in Dorset. Great gardens and interesting house. Well worth a visit.
Crisp white table linen, impeccable service and fabulous food.
Excellent food in beautiful country house. In all guides. Welcoming atmosphere. A special night out.
A fabulous castle built by Sir Walter Raleigh, so well preserved it remains a family home to this day. There are walks around the lake and gardens and a tea room for refreshments. A tour inside the castle reveals wonderful paintings, porcelain and furniture before going down into the cellars where Raleigh’s original kitchen, family artefacts and archaeological finds from the old medieval castle are on show.
We have had a rare old time visiting locations we have missed in previous years as well as some old friends. This one was new to us and another beautiful location and building. Again we were met with attentive and helpful staff who helped make the visit even more enjoyable.
Why not take a walk up this iconic, legendary Tor? Well worth the effort, you will have spectacular views across 3 counties. Dogs must be on a lead and there are no public conveniences.
It's well worth the initially steep climb up the tor for the amazing panoramic views from the summit - we parked in Glastonbury itself, walked up through the town and past the Chalice Well to tackle the steepest slope first, which meant an easier walk down the 'back' of the tor and a stroll through countryside to get back to the top of the town. Plenty of tea shops and cafes to refuel at when you get back!
Bulbarrow Hill is probably the best known hill in Dorset and is a chalk hill site of an Iron Age hill fort - the name comes from barrows or burial mounds on the hill. Standing at 274m (899ft) high and giving the longest view in Dorset, with spectacular views over five counties, Bulbarrow Hill is the second highest point in Dorset and is a very popular beauty spot.
Spectacular views over rolling country side. Breathtaking and unspoilt. The "top of the world".
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Places to Go
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