Poole’s huge harbour is 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. On one peninsula squats the most expensive land in Britain and fourth most expensive in the world – Sandbanks. Across the ferry that completes Poole Harbour’s ring of green are the pastoral delights of Studland’s National Park land (photo below), Corfe Castle, the Southwest Coast Path and Britain’s ‘Jurassic Coast.’
Dorset: Purbeck Hills panorama
Looking in the opposite direction, south to north, towards Poole Harbour.
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.
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.