Exploring Dorset’s Hidden Gems

With holidays abroad not something we are looking at in 2020, we have been focusing on exploring the UK this summer instead of travelling to another country. As I am still working four days a week at the moment, we have stuck to days out in Dorset for the time being, and it has been amazing to discover hidden gems I hadn’t seen before, despite living in the area for over 20 years!

Sturminster Newton

I actually found this by searching for pretty photo spots in Dorset, and I’d never heard of it before! It’s such a pretty place to visit and was quiet too, with barely anybody else there on one of the hottest days of the year. Unfortunately the clouds covered the sky a bit when we visited (it had been beautiful blue sky’s earlier that day) but I actually like how the photos came out anyway.

Sturminster Marshall

This was a bit of a fail as the White Mill was closed when we turned up.. but we took some photos from the bridge anyway and will go back another time.

Badbury Rings & The Poppy Fields

It was quite hard to locate the elusive poppy fields by Badbury Rings, but I’m so glad we managed to find them as I love this photo! Badbury Rings themselves were a nice walk for the kids, and it’s nearby to Kingston Lacy (which I would definitely recommend a visit too, book in advance for your time slot).

Portland & Portland Bill Lighthouse

Portland is somewhere I’ve been wanting to visit for ages, mainly because of the totally picturesque lighthouse at Portland Bill, but the view from the Olympic Rings Portland Heights was also amazing! We were really lucky with the weather and the sky was so blue during our visit. We need to head back to visit the castle another time as well.

Cranbourne Castle Hill

Ed had found out about Cranbourne Castle Hill on an urban explorer website and took us on a bit of a hunt for it the other day. It was so lovely to get out of the direct sunlight and under the shade of the trees on the walk back to the car – we only saw one other person the entire time we were there – so peaceful!

Worth Matravers & Winspit Caves

Ed took us out to Worth Matravers when I said I wanted to go somewhere I hadn’t been before that was ‘pretty’. It certainly ticks the boxes! The caves are quite cool, although the kids didn’t want to go too far in as it was pitch black inside!

Stour Valley Nature Reserve

I still can’t believe I hadn’t been to the Stour Valley Nature Reserve before lockdown – we live a ten minute walk from it! It’s so peaceful to go for a walk down there first thing in the morning, when it’s quite empty. I love it there!

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