Posted by: lindsaygoes | June 19, 2012

Swanage and Corfe

One of the areas of the UK I’ve been wanting to see is the Jurassic Coast, a natural world heritage area, but it’s a bit tricky to see without your own transport (but not impossible). Anyway, I managed to rope a friend into heading there with me and we headed to Swanage, because it looked reasonably accessible and also had boat rides to see some of the rock formations (according to the internet).

So we got to Swanage, and the weather was surprisingly better than forecast, but there was no boat running. Which was unfortunate. But we had a walk around Swanage, and saw Old Harry Rocks from the shore, we went to the local museum and the Swanage Pier, which is the Pier of the Year for 2012. I’ve got no idea what that means, but it sounds impressive and the pier was quite nice. The exhibition on Swanage was also pretty interesting with all these old (Victorian era I think) arcade games which were quite cool. We also had the traditional beach side fish and chip lunch. So it was quite nice, although it did start threatening to rain after that so we went back to the YHA and watched a DVD. Which had lots of swearing, so we had to keep pausing it when small children came in the room, and there were also some old ladies who came in there (after we started watching the DVD) and made comments about the language.

After our DVD the skies were looking a little clearer so we went for a walk to Durlston Country Park where we saw Durlston Castle (not a real castle), the Great Globe (a giant stone globe), some caves and a Lighthouse. All quite Victorian again – I love the Victorians, they were crazy, and then had dinner in town, which we felt we thoroughly deserved after our walk.

The next day we went on the Swanage Heritage railway, catching a steam train through the rain to Corfe Castle, and luckily it stopped raining soon after so we could explore the ruined castle in a little more comfort. There were hundreds of snails crawling over bushes around the castle, enjoying the moisture, and we had a lovely view back over the railway as a steam train went past.

After the Castle we visited the model village which was really well done, it even had a model village, with an even smaller model village in it. Then it started raining so we rushed into the tea room of the model village for an Dorset cream tea.

We then went to the local museum (the one room of it) and the Enid Blyton shop before heading through the pouring rain back to the station. I realised just in time that I had dropped one of my fingerless mitts (they took me several weeks to knit, so I didn’t want to lose them) in the tea room. Managed to find them just in time and just make the train. Phew!

All in all, despite the rain, it was a lovely weekend, full of traditional English sites, activities and weather.



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