Last weekend I travelled down to Sandbanks, Dorset with my Boyfriend and his Family for a weekend staycation. I’ve been going down to Sandbanks for the past 16 years of so, mainly with my parents when I was much younger – although I can’t say I appreciated those 2-hour long beach walks as much as I do now. It’s such a beautiful place in both the Winter and Summer, but the calm and quieter Winters can provide the perfect break.
So here are some of my favourite places from the weekend. The weather was pretty horrendous, but don’t let that keep you stuck inside. I would definitely recommend getting in some hot chocolate, whipped cream and lots of marshmallows for the end of the day … (obviously biscuits are also needed).
A lovely village on the Isle of Purbeck, the village of Corfe is home to the Castle built in 11th Century. There’s lots of little shops and tea rooms dotted around the village, it’s hard to leave without stopping for a cream tea so make sure you save a bit of space. There’s an entry fee to the castle (around £8) and as long as it’s not pouring with rain I’d recommend going up there. Not only is it interesting, but the views are pretty beautiful too.
TJs Fish and Chips, Lilliput
Okay, we didn’t actually go to TJs at the weekend. Instead we opted for a pub lunch, leaving no more room for fish and chips. On Sunday, it hadn’t opened before we were leaving. But – this is the best fish and chip shop in Sandbanks/Poole. Even if it’s a bit chilly, you should take it and sit by Poole Harbour. Mushy peas is a must.
It’s been such a long time since I’d visited Durdle Door, positioned along the Jurassic Coast (really interesting in itself). Durdle Door is a beach, only accessible by path and steps from Lulworth Cove. The surrounding scenary is well worth seeing, and it’s the ideal beach or coastal walk – whether you’re in for the long or short haul. It was the windiest day, but again don’t let that put you off!
- Studland Beach – Walk from Shell Bay just off the ferry, along the beach to Studland.
- Isle of Portland – An Island off the coast of Weymouth and a central part of the Jurassic Coast. Home to some abandoned quarries too, if that peaks your interest!