Now that we’re settling into the UK life, I wanted to make sure Katie got to see some different parts of the country. Knowing a lot of the appeal to Americans is the history we have to offer we decided to do a long weekend in Dorset with its beautiful castles, quaint villages and striking coastline.
We managed find a last minute B&B called Pinewood Lodge near Sankbanks, a few minutes walk to the beach, with a New Orleans/Fleur de Lis style. After a quick nap, we set off to see the town stopping for lunch at the South Deep Cafe for some Belgian bites before driving down to the beach.
Katie put her crazy golf (GBP 5pp) title on the table, but unfortunately suffered a crushing loss, losing by over five strokes. We grabbed a celebratory/commiseratory ice cream and took in the coast.
In the evening we took a sunset stroll from the B&B along the Sandbanks promenade, a sandy stretch of beach which runs for seven miles from Bournemouth to Swanage – pretty rare in the UK. We had an awesome dinner at The Cliff – duck and daikon salad and braised lamb. Mmmmm.
The next day we drove over to Corfe to see the castle (GBP 8.50pp). Dating back to the 11th century it’s steeped in history and has some amazing views. You should definitely go early as it was packed as we left.
We hiked up a neighbouring hill for even better views, going through sheep paddocks on the way. Corfe is a very quaint town and before continuing on our day had a really good roast at The Castle Inn.
We jumped back in the car down to Studland, where you can take a one mile walk along the coast up to see Old Harry’s Rocks. You can continue the coastal route all the way to Swanage and next time we’ll definitely do that. The views are beautiful and the cliffs are so iconically English. Katie loved it. Plus the fact that there were dogs everywhere.
After a beer at the Bankes Arms we continued on to Lulworth cove where people were swimming in the waves. Very brave people: the water was freezing.
In the evening we went for dinner at The Pig – a boutique hotel, gastropub and cocktail bar – where all their ingredients are sourced within a 25 mile range. They have a huge lawn at the bar with views of the cliffs, a croquet lawn and fire pits. After we win the lottery maybe we’ll stay there next time. Dinner was excellent and we had great views of the garden from the conservatory.
We drove back over the car ferry having really enjoyed our time in Dorset. Next time a winter trip with a stroll to the cliffs in the snow with a dog.
Until next time