We recently spent 4 days in Dorset and enjoyed it immensely. While planning my trip , I did not find any recent trip reports and i used a lot of travel bog articles to map my itinerary. Hopefully , this will be useful for people planning a visit to this beautiful part of England.
We drove down from Solihull in West Midlands to Dorset , braving the traffic on the motorway as it was the beginning of Half-term holidays and a bank holiday weekend. Reached our BnB ( see separate review of The Cottage near Weymouth) and after a welcome rest , made our way to The Springhead , a nearby pub , for dinner. The food was good ( 3 vegetarian options for main course) and then we walked the short distnce back to our rooms for a good night's sleep.
We set off for Studland Bay around 10 am. Being National Trust members , parking was free for us. We spent some time at Knoll beach , building sand castles and enjoying ice creams in the warm sunshine. Then we drove down to South Beach nearby. After a great lunch at the Bankes Arms, we set off down the coast path to view Old Harry Rocks. My 4 year old son enjoyed biking down this path and after numerous photos, we made our way back. We had planned to visit Corfe Castle next but my son was very tired by now, so we decided to call it a day
Day 3 :
Lyme Regis was our first port of call. After spending an hour trying to find parking , we eventually made our way to Dinosaurland Fossil museum. Although small , it was fascinating and my son enjoyed it a lot. After lunch at The Millside Restaurant , we decided to leave Lyme Regis as the beaches were heaving with crowds and the sun was scorching. Branscombe beach nearby is also a National Trust property but the car park near the beach is privately owned. I read the shocking reviews after our visit and hope I don't get a parking fine too! The beach itself was beautiful and we spent a pleasant few hours here.
Day 4 :
I have written a more detailed report with some pictures on my blog , if anyone is interested :