A Short break in Dorset.






Early June and our first caravan break this year! We set off at 10-ish on Friday 1st June and headed off for Corfe Castle, Dorset. As to be expected on a Bank Holiday weekend, we encountered a lot of traffic, but finally arrived at Corfe at about 3pm.

We were very impressed with the site, run by the Camping and Caravanning Club.


A good pitch in a good position with views across fields, inhabited by deer.

We had a nice walk into the village of Corfe where we enjoyed views of the Castle, and an ice cream!









Back at base we had a meal before heading out again to see the views of the Castle and village in the late evening light.

Corfe Castle



On Saturday we woke up to a misty morning, and decided to walk from the Campsite to Swanage along the Nine Barrow Down. A really steep ascent to start, then a gentle uphill rise most of the way to Swanage, a seven and a half mile walk poor visibility all the way. At Swanage Di had a strawberry milkshake that couldn't be beat!



Memory Map Profile 9 Barrow Down

Elevation profile of the walk from Corfe to Swanage along Nine Barrow Down



Kendall with her ticket

We came back to Corfe on the Swanage steam railway (2 Senior adult tickets, and one junior dog!) A lot easier on the way back!


In the afternoon we drove into Wareham, a pretty market town on the River Frome.



Castle from Gods Acre


A view of Corfe Castle from God's Acre


"I've got my ticket!"


On Sunday we were up early and off to Kimmeridge Bay, approached by a toll road. We were the third car in the car park, others belonging to fishermen.

Rob and Kendall

Kendall was allowed on the beach, but the tide was high. We walked along the coastal path for a couple of miles with views of Portland and Weymouth as well as the Clavell Tower on the Kimmeridge headland, which in 2005 was taken down, and moved inland by some 25 metres to stop it from falling into the sea.

After our walk we spent time on the beach looking for fossils and playing with the dog.

A short drive into Swanage to get a mobile signal (and a milkshake that could've been beat by yesterday's!)

Finding ourselves ubable to sit still for more than 10 minutes, we took a walk from the campsite to Knowle Hill, then along the ridge towards Corfe.


Corfe and Train



Looking down into the village we could see and hear events celebrating the Queen's 60th.







castle and Train

At Corfe


Looking down from Knowle Hill just as the train left from Corfe Station.





















On Monday we decided to walk to Chapman's Pool.

Castle from Corfe Common

This was my favourite walk of the weekend, with such variety, starting in Corfe village, across Corfe Common then through farm lands and through a valley, ending up at the coast at Chapman's Pool. Kendall made a bee line for the sea and palled up with a youngster throwing stones into the water.






Castle from Corfe Common


Chapmans Pool






Chapman's Pool







Profile MemoryMap

The Elevation profile of the walk to Chapmans Pool and back


In the evening we walked out towards Knowle Hill, where we had a view of the Beacon being lit for the Diamond Jubilee, whilst walking, we were thrilled to see a Barn Owl flying low across the fields, he made several passes, getting closer to us each time.

A great break, we will definitely return to this site, but at a quieter time!