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A Week in Dorset | Travels

September 27, 2016

If you follow me on social media I am sorry, so so sorry for all the photos. For those of you who don’t, I’ve been on holiday and my photo spam has been pretty bad. I’ve been to Dorset for a few days and it was just wonderful.

Whilst Mr W and I have been away a few times together, we’ve always had our pesky PhDs on our minds. So technically I hadn’t been on a true holiday since 2008!! This is rather insane I know. So when Daddy Pond planned a family get away to gigantic holiday cottage in Dorset we couldn’t say no.

(Warning: photo heavy post!)





Swanage, Dorset

We travelled to Swanage from London, as we’d been there for the weekend. A sneaky detour meant we could get the chain ferry from Bournemouth over to Studland. The best thing about this, other than the views, was the ice cream in the queue whilst we waited for our ferry. It was my first of the holiday and pretty wonderful (helped with my hangover too!)

We settled into our HUGE house, which had the most amazing view from the decking (I didn’t want to move from it). After a bit we then headed down onto the seafront for dinner at Gee White’s. This meant awesome fish and chips polished off with a bottle of wine. Just the perfect start to our holiday! We also played on the 2p pushers after dinner, so much fun.

Whilst there was a lot of rain on our first day, we didn’t let it dampen our spirits. We headed into Swanage, checked out the shops, went to the pub and just generally chilled. That day was Mummy and Daddy Pond’s 35th wedding anniversary, so we went for dinner. It was a lovely thing to be able to celebrate with them.



Walking and Exploring

Mr W and I did a bit of an epic walk on the Tuesday. It was a rather wonderful hangover cure and good fun too. We caught the Swanage Railway steam train to Corfe Castle and walked back via Harry’s Rocks. Apparently this is where King Henry VIII stood to watch his flotilla. I shall post a more detailed post about this with the walking route for you too.

Not one for allowing us to get bored on holiday. Mr W dragged me to Poole on Wednesday to check out the Sun Seakers and the pubs of the harbour-side. We ate amazing seafood in Poole’s oldest pub and found some quirky bars on our walk. I will share more on this soon. On Thursday, our last day, we visited Lulworth Cove and chilled out on the beach. A perfect end to a pretty delightful break.





So in a nutshell I had an amazing time away. Lots of food, fun and rest dotted in there too. Although despite having time off, I’m already looking forward to our next holiday. We’ve booked a beautiful cottage in Scotland for Mr W’s 30th early next year. I should also point out that is post is just the start of my holiday posts, I have quite a few more planned so do keep checking back for more Dorset adventures!

Have you been to Dorset before? Have you been on holiday this year? Let me know in the comments,


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  • Reply primrose November 15, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Ah love this! I used to live in Dorset so Bridport and Lyme Regis hold fond memories ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Reply Holly September 27, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    I’ve never been to Dorset but funnily enough I’m building their new website at work! And it means I get to stare at pictures of Dorset all day. It looks like a beautiful place. Photographs with blue skies make me so happy. ๐Ÿ˜€

    It sounds like you had a lovely, well-deserved break. Congratulations to your parents on their 35th anniversary. I think my parents are coming up to their 35th too.

    • Reply MissPond October 26, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      Oh my you must go! It’s a bit of a trek from Liverpool but you’d definitely enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Hairwonderfulday September 27, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    This look gorgeous Emma!! Hard to believe that it is still in UK with all the beautiful sea views:) Glad you had a good time after all PhD stress and I am on the same boat with you, just got back from holiday and already looking for another one;) xx

    • Reply MissPond October 26, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you Laura ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s definitely hard to believe when the sea is so blue and the sand so golden ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you get another holiday soon x

  • Reply Bec September 27, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    I love Dorset. Used to go there alot as kid in 1970s and 1980s – school trips to swanage to study the geology. I’ve not been for years. It looks lovely – I really must go again. It looks like you had a wonderful week with the family and many congratulations to your Mum and Dad on their wedding anniversary. Looking forward to reading more about your next travel adventures. Love bec xx

    • Reply MissPond October 26, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      I love Dorset, I hadn’t been since I was a kid and it’s changed a bit now. It was a lovely holiday x

  • Reply Sarah | The Urban Wanderer September 27, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    It looks like you had a fantastic time and just look at the stunning weather! I haven’t been to Dorset since I was a kid. It is on my to-do list though, especially seeing your pictures and hearing that there are lots of walking and hiking to be done.

    I’ve been very lucky with holidays this year, Glasgow, Hay-on-Wye, Dublin, London and Rotterdam so far and a possibility of San Francisco! We have made travel and time a priority these past few years, hence we have been able to do so many ๐Ÿ™‚

    Looking forward to hopefully planning a visit to Dorset into next year now though ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    • Reply MissPond October 26, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      We were SO SO lucky with the weather. You should definitely head there if you get a chance ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you make it to San Fran x

  • Reply Charlie Elliott September 27, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    So picturesque! I haven’t been to Dorset in many years, but I’d love to go back to Poole and go to the pottery and the first ever Lush store. That pic of you and Rich is so frickin adorable!
    Charlie, Distracted

    • Reply MissPond October 26, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      I loved Poole, we didn’t have a long time there. I did get to Lush before we went on a bit of a pub crawl. Definitely need to go back ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Elsa Eats September 27, 2016 at 11:05 am

    This looks amazing! I love walking near water, even on the most dreariest of days. I’m going to Helsinki and Stockholm in a couple of weeks and these photos are just wetting my wanderlust for travelling.

    • Reply MissPond October 26, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      Oooh I hope you had fun in Helsinki ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved Dorset, we’re going back next year too x

  • Reply My Two Mums September 27, 2016 at 10:24 am

    I love seeing how others capture the county I live in. We moved to Dorset 7 years ago and love it so very much, so it is nice to see others enjoying it too.

    • Reply MissPond October 26, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      Wow you are so lucky! I’d love to have this all on my doorstep ๐Ÿ™‚

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