My brother treated us to a lovely holiday in Dorset recently.
We had a fantastic week of scorching weather with beach trips, long walks and meals out. We felt as if we were abroad.
What a beautiful county this is.....
.....wide open spaces....
We had a lovely cottage, set on the edges of the Kingcombe Nature Reserve which is run by the Dorset Wildlife Trust
We went for long walks through the ancient meadows, full of wild flowers and insects, which we attempted to identify with our handy reference books.
We were fascinated by the ancient names of the meadows with the medieval strip system still visible.
We visited several beaches.
West Bay, near Bridport, was crowded on Sunday but we loved to see everyone enjoying themselves. The crystal clear water was numbingly cold. It made a change to see our feet on the bottom.
I couldn`t believe so many people were wanting to swim.
We couldn`t stand it for long.
We ate fish and chips and delicious locally made icecream.
Some of us did this cliff path walk from Eype to Thornecombe Beacon.....a long trek in the heat, very steep but well worth the effort. We followed it up with a cooling swim from Eype beach.
Interestingly the strange place name derives from a Greek shipwreck on the nearby Chesil Beach. They originated from Epirus. The survivors set up home here.
Maybe there was no way to get home.
We spent most afternoons seeking out shade around the cottage, with paddling pools and bubbles for the children, Pimms for the adults and sitting out til the sun went down at 9.30.
A brilliant holiday.....thank you Jamie.
I highly recommend Dorset as a holiday destination.