Southbourne beach and promenade, Bournemouth, part of 7 magnificent miles of beaches
Poole’s huge natural harbour, the largest natural harbour in the world after Sydney, Australia. Poole is Dorset’s port and the harbour is nursery to a legion of board sailors. In the middle is the most expensive land in Britain and fourth most expensive in the world, Sandbanks. In the distance over the ferry are the pastoral delights of Studland’s National Park land, Corfe Castle, the Southwest Coast Path and Britain’s ‘Jurassic Coast.’
The south coast of England, especially Dorset is much favoured by beach goers and walkersenjoying a (relatively) fine micro-climate (arguably the best in the UK), some ancient sights/sites such as Maiden Castle, the Cerne Giant and Corfe Castle, sea views from chalk cliff-tops, some excellent beaches and rolling, undeveloped rural countryside.
Cerne Giant, near Dorchester, Dorset
Corfe Castle, near Studland, Dorset
Corfe Castle‘s 1, 000 year-old ruins lie in Dorset’s rolling, rural Purbeck Hills, just beside the charming little village of Corfe and not far from the start of the 630 mile (1014 kms) South West Coast Path, Studland Nature Reserve, superb beaches at Bournemouth and Studland and pretty good in Weymouth.
The start of the South West Coast Path, South Haven Point, Shell Bay, Dorset
The stunning South West Coast Path (630 miles, 1014 kms), the United Kingdom’s longest footpath, stretches from South Haven Point, Poole Harbour, Dorset (just across the ferry) through the fossil-loaded ‘Jurassic Coast‘, along cliffs and valleys, past fishing villages and resorts to Quay Street Green, Minehead, Somerset. It is only partially useable by mountain bikers or horse riders. Most hikers don’t walk the whole stretch in one go, needless to say.