So far in my 24 years of living in England, I can embarrassingly admit that I’ve hardly seen much of my country. I decided this had to change and decided to visit Dorset. I went in at the deep end and agreed to a camping trip. Again something I have never experienced. The tent was brought and the destination picked, Wareham Forest located in the beautiful county of Dorset. An ‘area of natural outstanding beauty’- sounds good and Dorset did not disappoint!
Where To Camp:
We chose the Wareham Forest Tourist Park. It was very easy to find off the main road into Wareham. The park was set up very well and looked a really nice campsite. There was even a swimming pool, which got the attention of just my toes. The park did it’s job in easing me into camping life. The showers were free and the facilities were very clean. The Forest is also easily accessible from the campsite for walks or adventurous bike rides.
Things To Do In Wareham:
Wareham itself is a quaint little village with a river running through it. Driving through Wareham your next stop is at Corfe Castle. Another small village that is a must see when you visit Dorset. The village has multiple pubs and little places to eat as well as the ruins of the castle. You can either pay and go into the castle or walk around the outside. The views went on for miles, and if your lucky you may even get to catch a glimpse of the Swanage Steam Railway.
Lulworth Cove Is A Must See!
The weather turned the following day back to standard English weather. But I had heard good things about Lulworth Cove, it’s said to be almost Mediterranean looking with its clear blue water and cove appearance. Similar to beaches in Spain where most are ‘Cala’s – Coves. In the sunshine I could have seen this being true, the cove was still beautiful in the dimmer light but not to it’s full glory. I liked it as it was different, most beaches in the UK are long stretches along the coastline. You can walk along the cliff top and discover hidden little pools. There is a man-made coastal pathway which takes up all the way up to the top of the hill and then as far along the path as you like. Durdle Door is fairly close once you’ve got to the top!
Pit Stop at Christchurch:
The town of Christchurch is well worth a visit if you have a spare day. The Quayside is an obvious attraction with its boats, cafes and restaurants crowding the bank. Small electric motor boats were available for hire which allows you to explore the town with a different point of view. The Boathouse restaurant was my choice for lunch, well tea and scones to be precise but the rest of the food looked just as delicious. The restaurant was quite modern and I could imagine in the depth of summer being an ideal hotspot for cocktails and long summer night outs. You can then take a walk along a tiny river up towards the Castle ruins which are well and truly ruined but you can still see the stonework and can imagine what it would have looked like.
My Highlight – The New Forest 🙂
From here you can easily reach the A31 a long winding road through the tall trees of the New Forest. The New Forest Ponies were my only desire to see that day. There are multiple slip roads and turnings along the A31 that take you deeper into the Forest. I turned up one towards a reptile centre and within minutes I saw a mother and her foal, so England does have it’s treasures! A good place to stop off in is the gorgeous town of Lyndhurst. There’s an entrance to a large green field with a road which leads further into the Forest. You can park up right at the front near the entrance and from there take a stroll into the village. Lucky for me there was an abundance of ponies here!
All in all I have learnt that not all the beautiful sites are aboard, some are closer than you think, and I personally will be going back to South West England to discover more!