Dorset is a small county (1,024 square miles) in SW England, squashed in between Devon to the West,Some years ago we thought it was worth exploring and were not disappointed.
to the ,
Wiltshire to the North East and Hampshire to the East. North West
The first Viking raid occurred in Dorset in the eighth century and the Black Deathentered
During WW2 Dorset was involved in preparations for D- Day and the harbours of Poole and
were two main embarkation points. Lyme
Regis featured in both The French
Lieutenant’s Woman and Jane Austen. Portland
#1 -#4 Compton Acres – ten acres of historic gardens created in 1924.
Chesil Beach is a pebble beach 18 miles long and runs North West from Portland
It is separated from the mainland by an area of saline water named Fleet
Lagoon. When the children were toddlers
we stayed with my BIL when he was Harbour Master. The house was next door to a
Borstal and my boys were fascinated to see the Borstal boys marching out every
morning. You could see from their faces
what a hard life they must have had. West Bay
#6 Abbotsbury is a swannery – quite pungent - and the only place in the world where you can walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans.
#7 Thomas Hardy’s cottage of cob and thatch built by his grandfather. Here it was that he wrote The Greenwood Tree and Far from the Madding Crowd
Their sober wishes never learn'd to stray;
Along the cool sequester'd vale of life
They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.'
#8 The beautiful
#9 Clouds Hill was the former home of TE Laurence. It is now a museum. He rented it when he was in the Tank Corps in 1923 and bought it in 1925.
Nothing in clouds Hill is to be a care upon the world. While I have it there shall be nothing exquisite or unique in it. Nothing to anchor me.
In 1935 he left the RAF to live there. A few weeks later, aged 46 he came off his bike on a slope near the cottage, suffered severe head injuries and was killed.
The cottage reflects his personality and his connections with the
In 1965 the guest sleeping bag was stolen - around the time of the film Laurence of
Arabia. Thirty six years later it was returned – from
with a note that simply said This is yours. Belgium
# 10 The grave of TE Laurence