Bovington Tank Museum. Corfe Castle (and maybe a trip on the Swanage
railway). Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door (try to park on the roadside on the
outskirts of Lulworth Cove village, even if it means a walk, to avoid the
congestion and the rip-off parking fees). Tyneham (village abandoned during
WWII) is well worth a visit, if it happens to be open. Walk from west of
Worth Matravers to Chapmans Pool - good view along and from the cliff top
and a nice walk down to the bay itself (then read Minette Walters' novel The
Breaker which was set in and around Chapman's Pool).
Thanks for the reply. I am going to say the tank museum as
1. It will probably be pissing it down on Wednesday next week
2. The other suggestions look like I will be doubling back on myself.
Time is very short. Avebury is a must, Lou has never been I have only
been once and that was 20 years ago and we are setting off from Barnsley
on the Wednesday morning. Imagine it as a half day trip in Dorset.
I also see Bob suggests the tank museum.
So unless anyone comes up with a better solution it's tanks a lot.
Offers are still open to suggestions of any good real ale pubs in
Wareham to finish the night off.
I suppose you are stymied by having to drive but the Square and Compass at
which isn’t that far away from the Tank museum or Wareham is regarded as
one of the classic pubs in the area. Been run by successive generations of
one family since 1907, has a manager as well now but mainly because the
latest generation of the family spends most of his time making cider out
the back and maintaining his fossil museum.
Are you still allowed to touch the Avebury stones (unlike Stonehenge -
we used to climb on the fallen ones)?
One of the stones forms the end wall of one of the cottages.
If you're into that kind of thing there's Silbury Hill - I don't know
whether you're allowed to climb it - and West Kennet Long Barrow - there
used to be a lay-by and a finger post pointing up the hill - you just
wandered into it - they've excavated it and removed the skeletons.
The Red Lion there has an extremely deep well inside , one of my works
mobile phones may still be at the bottom of it .
My only concern with all the recommendations for the Tank museum is that
half a day may not be enough time to do it justice or get best value from
the £18 admission fee .
If you like ancient sites then you could route yourself from Avebury to
Wareham via Cerne Abbas with very little deviation where the ancient giant
chalk figure is located.
It was tidied up a few weeks ago and they had a surplus of volunteers all
wanting to clean up the most famous bit.
If you possibly can, see at least the first two 1-hr episodes of 'Age of
Tanks' on Netflix (the series is four episodes), which cover the design
and development of tanks from the earliest stages up to and including
the Tiger. I'm sure it will add greatly to your visit.
Don't know when you are planning this for so you might already
have been but, if not, East Dorset CAMRA's summer pub of 2019
is the Horse & Groom in Wareham.
I went on Wednesday.
That was the second pub we went to. The first pub was the Duke of
Wellington but as the car park pay and display machine was next to the
back of the pub and it had it had been a long journey........
As for a long journey, Barnsley to Avebury Stone Circles then to
Lilley's Cider shop in Frome and then to Cerne Abass (thanks to GH for
I would have stopped here for a pint
but Lou was complaining about me wasting time doing a detour to show her
a big chalk cock.
Ah well, we'd been away for a few days ourselves so I was
obviously too late.
I came across an interesting name for a pub as we were leaving
It clains to sell 6 real ales, I noted but, as we we were on a
double deck bus at the time it wasn't convenient to stop and
sample the fare!
(I was just about to hit 'send' when I noticed I'd managed to
get 'bus' and 'fare' into the same sentence! Purely
accidental, I can assure you!)
On Sat, 14 Sep 2019 18:04:26 +0100, Terry Casey wrote:
The most unusual one I've seen (and only ever one of them) used to be at
the bottom of Edward Street in Brighton.
It was called 'Dog Tray'.
There is a literary connection, though, as I found out many years later.
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