Thursday, 11 September 2014

Dorset on my doorstep

It's been a little over a month since I touched down in England after 5 months in South East Asia and Italy.

Since then I've started a new job, Mark bought a car and we found a place to live.

We've also been out and about making the most of the surprisingly lovely British weather and seeing some of the best Dorset has to offer.

Famous for the Jurassic Coast, Cerne Abbas Giant and a cheeky sounding biscuit, Dorset is and always has been my home county. Over 3.2 million Brits visit Dorset each year and its easy to see why with our rolling countryside, award winning beaches and chocolate box villages.

Our first trip was to an old favourite, Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.

Durdle Door is a natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast, about a 30 minute drive from Poole. The drive itself is exciting as you pass through MoD training land and are warned to be aware of "sudden gunfire" and "tanks crossing".

To reach the door, you drive through the Durdle Door Holiday park, park your car and head down the hill. There's a handy kiosk for a cup of Dorset Tea and an ice cream at both ends of the path - which are much needed after a steep climb.

Reaching the door is a magnificent moment. The beach below is framed perfectly by the door giving everyone a stunning view. The cliffs spread out into the distance from both directions and the sea drifts endlessly to Portland and beyond. It's an unsteady path to the beach itself, but well worth it to take a plunge in the sea and swim through the door.

Following the south west coastal path back up the hill, we then carried on to Lulworth Cove. The views on the walk are breathtaking; sprawling fields of green to the left and endless blue sea to the right.

After fish and chips (of course) we ambled down to the shore where kids crabbed and dogs frolicked in the sea. The village was full of tasty looking bistros, and quirky British charm. There was even a red phone box. It was the perfect way to re-aquatint ourselves with Dorset life.

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