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Lulworth Cove.

Dorset Holiday 24th August 2016

A great 3 day break in the county of Dorset staying on a nice little campsite called East Fleet farm with great views looking down towards Chesil Beach and Fleet lagoon, after the usual performance erecting the tent with loads of swearing and moaning we decided to do a bit of walking. The walk turned into a bit of a stinker I have listed it under my walking section if you want to do it but there was not much interest involved. Chesil Beach  is often identified as a tombolo, although research into the geomorphology of the area has revealed that it is in fact a barrier beach which has "rolled" landwards, joining the mainland with the Isle of Portland, giving the appearance of a tombolo.[2] The shingle beach is 29 kilometres (18 mi) long, 200 metres (660 ft) wide and 15 metres (50 ft) high. The beach and the Fleet are part of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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A trip to Abbotsbury, The Hardy Monument, Durdle Dorr, Lulworth Cove and Portland Bill Lighthouse

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We first dropped into the village of Abbotsbury and a visit to the Swannery that lies on the side of the Fleet Lagoon. It cost about £25 for 2  to gain entry and is worth the money and made for a good morning out. The Swannerry dates back to 1393 and was set up by monks that consumed Swans into there diet and is know just one in a few of the last Duck decoys. 600 Swans now nest there and if you get the time correct you will see the rangers feed them all, this is done by getting all the swans into the lagoon with large amounts of seed to hurry them in,  kids were asked to help with the feeding and looked good fun.

The Hardy Monument
We had seen this monument sitting high on the hills for miles so we deided to have a look and see what it was all about. Its called the Hardy Monument and belongs to the national Trust (
Map Loc) its dedicated to Vice Admiral Thomas hardy the Fleet captain of HMS Victory at the battle of Trafalgar . It stands at 72 ft high
The monument is situated on Black Down, a hill overlooking the English Channel near Portesham in DorsetEngland. It was restored in 1900 by his descendants and bought in 1938 by the National Trust for the sum of £15.00.
The monument was designed to look like a spyglass, as Admiral Hardy would have used on board ship and not as many people think - a factory chimney. Its eight corners are aligned with the compass points. Viewed from the ground the corner to the right of the lightning conductor points due south. The bench mark on the northwest face denotes the height of Black Down at 780 feet (242 metres).

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Durdle Door & Portland Bill lighthouse

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Durdle Door lies in Lulworth Cove and is privately owned you can tell this because they rip you off in the car park before you even get there. I think we paid £4 for a hour and swiftly made it down hill bypassing the gift shops and other street hawkers hoping to extract cash from your wallets. It’s a steep long way down but well worth the trip and there is also a little beach if you want  to go swimming etc. The form of the coastline around Durdle Door is controlled by its geology—both by the contrasting hardness of the rocks, and by the local patterns of faults and folds.[5] The arch has formed on a concordant coastline where bands of rockrun parallel to the shoreline. The rock strata are almost vertical, and the bands of rock are quite narrow. Originally a band of resistant Portland limestone ran along the shore, the same band that appears one mile along the coast forming the narrow entrance to Lulworth Cove.[6] Behind this is a 120-metre (390 ft) band of weaker, easily eroded rocks, and behind this is a stronger and much thicker band of chalk, which forms the Purbeck Hills.
After a small walk uphill you can divert to Lulworth Cove near the village of 
West Lulworth, on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site in Dorset, southern England. The cove is one of the world's finest examples of such a landform, and is a tourist location with approximately 500,000 visitors a year, of whom about 30% visit in July and August.[1][2] It is close to the rock arch of Durdle Door and other Jurassic Coast sites.

We always wanted to visitPortland Bill Lighthouse so we paid the necessary extortionate fee to park the car and strolled down to have a look, its ok but we were not really impressed perhaps it’s the area its just too busy . The Lighthouse was built in 1906,  the Trinity House operated Portland Bill Lighthouse is distinctively white and red striped, standing at a height of 41 metres (135 ft). The tower is approximately 114 feet. The lighthouse was completed by 1906 and first shone out on 11 January 1906.
[3] Portland Bill Lighthouse guides passing vessels through these hazardous waters as well as acting as a waymark for ships navigating the English Channel.[4]

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From Poole to Swanage by Boat & Steam

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We booked this combined trip through Swanage railway and it consisted of a Boat journey from Poole Quay to Swanage - then the Steam Train up to Corfe castle . We arrived at Poole Quay early in the morning and took the Solent Scene through the Harbour past Sandbanks & Brownsea island following the coastline until we arrived in the Town of Swanage. We were impressed with Swanage it was very clean and loads of Kids and adults were on the harbour side catching Fish and Crabs, I would have liked to have a go but didn’t have any kit so I just ate some Whelks instead (much to Gail's disgust)
Swanage railway
The Swanage Railway is a heritage railway and was a branch line from near Wareham, Dorset to Swanage; it opened in 1885, the independent company that built it being amalgamated with the larger London and South Western Railway in 1886.
The passenger service was withdrawn in 1972, leaving a residual freight service over part of the line handling mineral traffic.
After the passenger closure, a 
heritage railway group revived part of the line; it too used the name Swanage Railway and now operates a 6-mile (9.7 km) line, which follows the route of the former line from Norden, via Corfe CastleHarman's Cross and Herston Halt to Swanage.
It was nice to travel by Steam up to the small village of Corfe  on one of the best days of the year, there was a nice old fashioned Pub there so I thought it would only be rude if we never popped in for a pint. The ruins of the castle stands high on the hill overlooking the village and makes for an impressive sight its run by the National Trust so we walked up the hill and had a good look around.
Corfe Castle is a fortification standing above the village of the same name on the Isle of Purbeck in the English county of Dorset. Built by William the Conqueror, the castle dates back to the 11th century and commands a gap in the Purbeck Hills on the route between Wareham and Swanage. The first phase was one of the earliest castles in England to be built at least partly using stone when the majority were built with earth and timber. Corfe Castle underwent major structural changes in the 12th and 13th centuries
A great few days away and well worth the time and money to visit we shall return..
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