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.
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!
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!
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.
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,
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.