OK, so there are more than 3 great places to visit in Dorset but these are top of my list (at the moment) having spent the weekend there recently.
The other weekend stayed in Dorset with fairly decent weather, well at least no rain and one of the days was even sunny. Woodfarm campsite was great but we wanted to visit Lyme Regis and a couple of other places whilst we were there.
Dorset is quickly becoming one of our favourite places to visit in our campervan and at just over 2 hours travel on a Friday night it’s well the worth the “are we there yet” from the children. Although it does put their sleep out a little, but I might just have to live with that for now! Always compromises to make…….
On the Saturday we visited Lyme Regis which is a fantastic sea side town renowned for its historic Cobb (the harbour in Lyme Regis). There are plenty of shops, restaurants, beaches and other attractions for all ages.
The northern end of the beach is pebbly but nearest to the harbour there is a sandy beach, the sand having been imported from France and makes for a great place for children to make sandcastles, paddle in the sea and have a very relaxing time!
Our children love making sandcastles or just digging about in the sand, they never seem to get bored of it which makes for a relaxing time for me and Tim to sit about and watch the world go by!
On the other side of the harbour is Monmouth Beach, another pebbly one (though they are pretty big and not so easy to walk on!!) As we were walking back to our car we found this really lovely little statue (that we had to stop Bodhi knocking over), not sure if it stands for anything!
There are plenty of restaurants along the sea front selling many fresh fish dishes. We had to sample them as they sounded delicious. I had a fish chowder and Tim had a scallop dish, both amazing! The restaurant we ate in was called Oceans View and is well worth a visit.
The only downside was we were sitting outside in the shade and there was quite a breeze which left us all feeling a bit cold and we ended up rushing our food so we could warm up with a wander along the beach, just stopping to take some photos of the amazing self catering homes along the sea front.
Of course the children weren’t cold enough that they didn’t want an ice-cream!
Durdle Door is simply breath taking, especially on a sunny day! It’s really, really worth a visit!
We parked in the car park and then took the path down to Durdle Door. There were a lot of people coming up saying how tiring the walk up is but we thought it would be worth it. It’s worth putting on some sturdyish shoes as its a bit pebbly although Charley managed fine in her ballet-type shoes with no grip. They had a great time going along on the little paths at the side pretending to be choo choos!
When we got to the viewing point Tim got quite nervous about the edge and wasn’t keen on the children being any where near the edge – I don’t think I realised his fear of this so much!
The views around though are all quite stunning. To the left of Durdle Door is Man O’ War cove which is a beautiful sandy and shingly beach.
Durdle Door is within the Lulworth Estate, 12,000 acres owned by the Welds family.
Now I’ve visited I’ve had to google the place to find out its history.
Visit Dorset website describes Durdle Door as ” natural limestone arch was formed when the power of the waves eroded the rock and forged a hole through the middle. The name Durdle is derived from an Old English word ‘thirl’, which means to pierce, drill or bore.”
There were more steps down to the beach at Durdle Door but we didn’t have enough time to go this time, but we’d definitely love to come back another time.
We bribed the children with the thought of having a hot dog when we got back to the top of the hill but unfortunately they only had one left so they had to share it, shame as I was really looking forward to one too after our exercise. Nevermind, me and Tim promised ourselves cream teas when we went on to Lulworth Cove!
Next stop Lulworth Cove for a cream tea and the promise to the children that they could play on a beach! All happy campers.
We parked up and headed for the street where everyone else was going to.
It’s a really pretty street to walk along down to the cove. A few hotels and holiday cottages, pubs and little cafes all selling things I really wanted to eat. There’s a pretty little stream that runs alongside the road which kept Charley and Bodhi very entertained and me a little paranoid that they would fall in!
The cove is a gorgeous shingly beach with very calm waters. There were kayakers out in the sea and plenty of families on the beach when we got there.
We headed into the nearest cafe that sold cream teas, as you can’t visit Dorset without having a cream tea.
Cream or jam first?
Actually, I don’t think I care. I switch it up, just to see which I like but really if I’ve got jam and proper clotted cream I really don’t mind!
The scones were warm and big and tasty, definitely worth the wait!
We then had some time on the beach with the children playing with the stones and throwing them into the sea. Although, bright and sunny there was still a chill to the breeze and for me it wasn’t paddling weather. Bodhi got close but then spotted some seaweed which put him off!
On our walk back there was just some time to buy some fudge, I don’t know what it is about being by the sea and having to buy sweets. They didn’t last long on the way home (we’d eaten most of the healthy food we’d taken down with us.. need to practice what I preach!), though fortunately the children didn’t seem to notice as they were in hysterics playing a game on their tablet!
Have you visited Dorset before? Do you have a favourite place there?