The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A traditional country pub set within fifteen acres of lush meadows and woodland. With four separate dining areas, including al fresco dining in summer, you'll be spoilt for choice. Dogs are welcome in the bar area.
Rockley Sands beach in Poole is a small sand and mud beach, with facilities including a cafe, shop, toilets, equipment hire and parking. There is also disabled access and the beach is dog-friendly all year. Swimming at low tide should not be attempted due to strong currents.
Courtesy of the viewranger.com website this walk starts in Shaftesbury and takes in the ancient woodland site of Kingsettle Wood. This particular walk is about seven and a half miles long and medium difficulty.
Another famous haunt of the novelist Thomas Hardy, Shaftesbury has some of England’s most fascinating architecture, including the famous cobbled street of Gold’s Hill and the ruins of the abbey which date back to 888AD. The town sits at the top of a hill with panoramic views in every direction over Dorset and Wiltshire. Despite its glorious position and the beauty of its buildings and streets, Shaftesbury remains unspoilt by tourism.
Really worth a visit
We thought this would be more 'touristy' with the attraction of the Gold Hill. We stayed nearby and could have enjoyed pottering into Shaftesbury everyday. Turnbulls Deli and Cheese shop is amazing. (bring deep pockets). There are lots of cafes and independent clothes, gift shops and galleries to dip into. We didn't even get time to go to the Abbey but there are some fantastic views across the vale in the park area next to the Abbey entrance. A really friendly small market town, which even has an excellent curry house (Chutneys) which was an unexpected bonus.
Shaftesbury is a lovely little town with an excellant bakery and nearby Hovis hill (Gold Hill)
Visit the world-famous gardens at Stourhead and sit amongst tranquil scenes. Described as ‘a living work of art’, the gardens lead visitors on a breath-taking journey. Spend a while in the 18th Century Palladian villa and Hoare family home, before wending your way around the grounds, falling in love with the beautifully thought out landscapes and classical architecture.
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.
A well established Indian restaurant serving both traditional and contemporary cuisine. A take-away service is available and booking is recommended.
Definitely worth a visit, gets very busy at weekends so go early! Plenty of choice on the menu, beautifully cooked chef's specials, polite service, just what you need. My husband ordered 'off menu' and they were happy to oblige.
Lots of organic, wholefood dishes with a Mediterranean influence.
Recycled bike hire. No room in the car to bring your bike on holiday? The child and adult bikes here are available on a daily or weekly tariff. Free delivery and collection within a 15 mile radius of Shaftesbury.
This museum is quite unusual as it lies within a tradtional sandstone cottage! It is brimming with local history and has a stunning garden with fabulous views. Usually open April until October, please check to avoid disappointment.
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