Charmouth Forest

There is a part of me that hopes no-one reads this post, as I am about to tell you about one of my favourite places, and to be honest I like it best when it’s just me & the dog. However, I feel honour-bound to share with you the atmospheric, ever-changing beauty of Charmouth Forest….

Land of Bone & Stone

Growing up in North Dorset, we played on hill forts, collected flint arrowheads and slingshots in the garden and saw long barrows and burial mounds every day from the school bus windows, so I’ve always been surrounded by Neolithic and Bronze Age history, but I’m ashamed to say I’d never even heard of the South…

Wet & Windy Walks

Because we live in the countryside and only 5 minutes from the beach, we don’t tend to do towns with the dog, but due to a combination of a last-minute dash to school with forgotten kit and a very wet morning, I thought I could kill two birds with one stone and take the dog…

Axmouth Harbour

Every time I drive past the mud flats on the way into Seaton I think “I must come back here with my kayak one day”. Well, I still haven’t! I did stop for a look around Axmouth, though, as friends have been telling me to for years, and I’ve always just passed through. Axmouth is…

The Cathedral of the Vale

If you have ever tried to drive along the A35 in mid-summer, you will be well aware that West Dorset is a major holiday destination. In 2014, there were over 3.4m visitor trips to West Dorset, with an estimated 14.7 million visitor nights, with visitors listing the scenery, pretty villages and walking as the main…

Downhouse Farm

Today I finally got around to doing something I’ve been meaning to do for years; we walked up the coastal path from Eype to Down House Farm for coffee and cake. Lots of people have told me I must do this, and now I know why! We parked in the beach car park at Eype,…

Half Term Highlights

When I was little, half term used to be a week of kicking around at home – don’t get me wrong, we’d have a picnic, go to a beach, go for nice dog walks etc, but it was always up to my mum to amuse us, or for us to amuse ourselves. Nowadays, everywhere you…

Beauty behind The Beast

Tucked away behind a working quarry full of monster tipper trucks and a busy industrial estate is a little-known nature reserve, where even many locals have never set foot. Chard Junction Quarry Nature Reserve, between Holditch and Chard Junction just down the road from Forde Abbey, is a little pocket of wetland habitat reclaimed from…

Coney’s Castle

If Iron Age man had decided to spend generations designing, digging & building the perfect picnic spot, he couldn’t have done a better job than Coney’s Castle. Located high above the Marshwood Vale, with sweeping views over the Char Valley down to the sea, it boasts some of the most spectacular panoramas in West Dorset….