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March 21, 2018

Dorset Maps

Filed under: England,maps,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 10:29 am

Dorset Street Maps – If you are searching for a good street map for any city, town or village in the county of Dorset, UK, you should look at our new website offering maps for virtually every settlement in Dorset. So its possible to find a comprehensive street map for: Chilcombe, Winfrith Newburgh, Holworth, Higher Ansty, Pokesdown, Halstock, Cerne Abbas, Tarrant Rawston, Chideock, Hill View, Gussage All Saints, Charmouth, East Chelborough, Puddletown, Hampreston, Stour Provost, Boscombe, Colehill, Tarrant Launceston, Gussage All Saints, Harmans Cross, Fifehead Neville, Cann, Whitechurch Canonicorum, Pokesdown, Lillington, Tadden, Oborne, St Ives, Pamphill, Uppington, Powerstock, Holt Heath, Hamworthy, Goathill, Warmwell, Hermitage, West Bay, Pulham, Parley Cross, Dudsbury, Lyme Regis, Over Compton, Holt, Piddletrenthide, Waterloo, Swanage, Pentridge, Southwell, Tarrant Rushton and hundreds more places.


April 6, 2012

Sherborne Dorset

Filed under: England,History,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 2:26 pm

Sherborne Dorset – Sherborne is a small town in the county of Dorset in southern England, located on the River Yeo, 6 kilometres from the town of Yeovil (Somerset). Sherborne had 9,350 inhabitants in 2001, it is in the District of West Dorset and has a variety of historic buildings and schools, the best known of which is Sherborne School. The town takes its name from scir burne (Old English) as “a clear river source”. Origins of the town date back to the 7th Century, Sherborne was an important town and religious centre of Wessex, one of the seven kingdoms of England. Saxonian King Alfred’s older brothers Athelbald of Wessex and Athelberht of Wessex are buried in the abbey  (Sherborne Abbey). Sherborne is located close to Dorset’s border with Somerset, to the east of Yeovil and to the north of Dorchester. Sherborne is the 9th largest town in Dorset.

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April 21, 2011

Lyme Regis Dorset

Filed under: England,History,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 3:12 pm

A charming little coastal resort on Lyme Bay in West Dorset, Lyme Regis was a significant medieval port which became a holiday resort during the eighteenth century. It was awarded it royal title “Regis” by Edward I in the late 13th century. The harbour, which became a haven for vessels in stormy weather, it protected by a wall called “The Cobb”, which also allowed the port to build and launch ships. The ill-fated Monmouth Rebellion to overthrow James I, began here in 1685, after the Duke of Monmouth landed there. Lyme Regis was a popular area for smugglers during centuries past and later featured in two books, Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” and John Fowls “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (later made into a film starring Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep. Lyme Regis and neighbouring Charmouth are two of the best areas for fossils, this being part of the Jurassic Coast Heritage Coast of Dorset.

March 17, 2011

Upwey Weymouth Dorset

Filed under: England,Holidays,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , , — needahand @ 2:05 pm

A charming little village which is close to Weymouth in Dorset, Upwey is well known for its Upwey Wishing Well, which is at the source of the River Wey in the South Dorset Downs. The Wishing Well which has been a tourist attraction in Upwey since Victorian times, it now actually a tea room, set amongst some delightful water gardens. Close by is a water mill, originally built in the eighteenth century it was remodelled in 1802. The water mill even featured in a book by the famous author Thomas Hardy. Upwey’s parish church of Saint Lawrence dates from the thirteenth century. Upwey is a good spot for your stay in Dorset and there are a number of self-catering cottages available in the village. Just a short way (5 miles) from Upway is the ever popular seaside resort of Weymouth, well loved and well visited even in these awkward times for the British coastal resort. Weymouth has plenty of sandy beaches, perfect for a family trip when the weather is fine. Easily accessible is the Jurassic Coast a beautiful world heritage site.

December 6, 2010

Abbotsbury Dorset

Filed under: England,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 2:37 pm

A picturesque, and peaceful rural village located inland of Chesil Bank, in the county of Dorset, England, Abbotsbury attracts many thousands of visitors each year, who not only arrive to enjoy the charm of the place but also to see the famous Abbotsbury Swannery and also the nearby Subtropical Gardens. The Swannery was established by Benedictine Monks, hundreds of years ago, and now visitors can feed over 600 friendly mute swans and walk amongst these extraordinary birds. The Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens were established by the Countess of Ilchester in 1765 and contain many rare and exotic plants over an area of 20 acres of Dorset countryside.

June 16, 2010

Weymouth Dorset

Filed under: England,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 1:26 pm
Weymouth Harbour Dorset

Weymouth Harbour Dorset

At one time the only safe harbour on this stretch of the Dorset coast, Weymouth later became a fashionable seaside resort, and was very popular during the late 18th century, right through Victorian times to the present day. Still a desirable area for summer holidays, Weymouth is also a busy port for ferries to the Channel Islands and St Malo in France. The town is fairly large with a population of over 50,000, and along with the rest of Dorset, it enjoys a decent climate with milder temperatures than much of the UK. Weymouth can be accessed by way of the A354 from Salisbury, via Blandford Forum and Dorchester. Weymouth Map.

April 17, 2010

Swanage Dorset

Filed under: England,Holidays,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 2:10 pm

One of Dorset’s more popular seaside resorts, the town of Swanage has been attracting holidaymakers since Victorian times and became even more popular after the introduction of the railway by the London and South Western Railway Company in 1885. It has survived as a traditional English seaside resort mostly due to its unspoilt nature and the beauty of its surrounding coastline, being part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site of Dorset, which alone attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world. Swanage today has a population of just over 10,000, and its economy revolves mostly around tourism, though it was previously significant for both fishing and quarrying, its being the prime location for many centuries for the production of Purbeck stone and Purbeck marble. As a holiday resort its attractions include its sandy beach, its excellent climate and its beautiful coast, with the renowned Old Harry Rocks located nearby, other attractions include Corfe Castle, Studland Bay, Lulworth Cove, Durlston Country Park, Durlston Bay, Peveril Point and the Swanage Lighthouse, it is a good base for touring many of Dorset’s other attractive towns and villages and beautiful unspoilt countryside. Swanage can be reached by way of the A351 and is about 7 miles from Poole.

Map of Swanage Dorset

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