Our Holiday Exploring the South West Coast | Dorset

September 19, 2017

As some of you may have seen on my Instagram, last week I was on holiday. Or #misspondholiYAY as I dubbed it. My family, Dr W and I all travelled down to Dorset for a week exploring the South West Coast.

Now longer standing readers may remember we went to Swanage last year too. It’s such a lovely place with so much to explore, we couldn’t say no when Daddy Pond arranged Dorset for this year too. Once we’d booked our leave, Dr W and I planned our activities and most importantly renewed our National Trust memberships.

Dorset Holiday - Swanage View

Dorset Holiday - Swanage Beach Huts

Dorset Holiday - Swanage Folk Festival 2017

Dorset Holiday - Swanage Folk Festival

Dorset Holiday - Swanage with Family

Dorset Holiday - Ice cream at Swanage

Swanage Folk Festival

When we arrived in Swanage on the Saturday it was the second day of the Swanage Folk Festival. What a wonderful event! I’ve never seen so many Morris Dancers in all my life. On the Saturday afternoon Dr W and I enjoyed a couple of pints in our local (pub closest to our holiday cottage) whilst listening to some local folk bands. It really was fun to stumble upon this event, we had no idea it was on!

Dorset Holiday - South West Coast Path Walk

Dorset Holiday - Dancing Ledge

Dorset Holiday - South West Coast Path

South West Coast Path

Continuing on from last year’s walk from Corfe to Swanage. We picked up the South West Coast Path in Swanage and headed west. We walked past Durlston Castle and then on to Dancing Ledge. The weather was pretty changeable, I was soaked by the end! But it was pretty all the same. We walked back from Dancing Ledge via the Priest Way. Such a fun day!

Dorset Holiday - Brownsea Island Ferry

Dorset Holiday - Brownsea Island Chicken

Dorset Holiday - Brownsea Island Heather

Dorset Holiday - Brownsea Island

Dorset Holiday - Brownsea Island Beach

Brownsea Island

On one of the better weather days we took the open top Purbeck Breezer to Sandbanks to pick up a boat to Brownsea Island. For those who don’t know Brownsea Island is the home of Scouting. Baden-Powell set up the first ever scout camp in 1907 there and that set the way for scouting. It was a particularly wonderful trip as Dr W told me all about his Scout camp tales from when he stayed there. We also saw red squirrels, peacocks and chickens! National Trust member or not I really recommend visiting.

Dorset Holiday - Salt Pig Swanage Drinks

Dorset Holiday - Salt Pig Swanage

Dorset Holiday - Salt Pig Venison Stew

The Salt Pig, Swanage

I couldn’t write this post without touching on one of our favourite foodie places from the trip. We discovered The Salt Pig. An excellent deli, butchers and fishmongers selling all local produce. But they’re also an amazing cafe, we couldn’t not visit it for lunch. We spent one lazy afternoon having a long lunch there with Mummy Pond. Enjoying local wine, beer and cider as well as freshly made food. The quiche was incredible, but Dr W definitely won here. His venison stew was delicious, I had definite food envy! Well worth checking out if you’re there.

Have you been to Dorset or Swanage? Do you like to check out the countryside the UK has to offer? Let me know in the comments,


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P.S. Thank you to Daddy Pond for organising yet another incredible holiday!

P.P.S. The Salt Pig is located at 7A Station Rd, Swanage BH19 1AB.


  • Reply Mellissa Williams September 20, 2017 at 8:36 am

    I really need to explore more of the UK. Love the Morris dancers, that’s so quirky and very British to see.

  • Reply Patrick September 20, 2017 at 1:36 am

    Never been to either place of course but still loved seeing it through your eyes. Loved the pictures as always….

  • Reply Jennifer @ The Champagne Supernova September 20, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Looks like you had a holiday to remember. The photo of the rooster gave me a good chuckle.

  • Reply Dannii September 19, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    We spent some time in Dorset after camp Bestival and it’s just beautiful. So much to see and the coastline is so dramatic.

    • Reply MissPond September 19, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      I’m jealous of your trip to Bestival! Looked like so much fun 🙂

  • Reply Sharon September 19, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Looks lovely. I would especially love to visit Brownsea Island. 🙂

    • Reply MissPond September 19, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      It’s such a fun day out – I’d really recommend a visit 🙂

  • Reply Jo September 19, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Such a beautiful stretch of coastline. When the weather’s good who needs to go abroad?

    • Reply MissPond September 19, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Totally agree! To be honest even when it was raining we still had fun 🙂

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