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Suzy’s West Dorset Guidebook

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Suzy’s West Dorset Guidebook

Great Pubs
Traditional English pub serving fresh local food
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The Wise Man
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Traditional English pub serving fresh local food
Great atmosphere, friendly locals and delicious fresh, local food
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The Brace of Pheasants
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Great atmosphere, friendly locals and delicious fresh, local food
Famous for its pies and real ale. Check out the micro museum!
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The Square & Compass
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Famous for its pies and real ale. Check out the micro museum!
Lovely traditional pub situated on a fossil-strewn beach
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The Anchor Inn
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Lovely traditional pub situated on a fossil-strewn beach
Traditional country pub. Good food. Large garden. Great nearby walking in Puddletown forest.
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The Blue Vinny
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Traditional country pub. Good food. Large garden. Great nearby walking in Puddletown forest.
Cosy traditional pub
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Sailor's Return
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Cosy traditional pub
Riding
Hacking along the coast with stunning sea views across Weymouth Bay
Provides hacking along the coast with stunning far-reaching views across Weymouth Bay
Rosewall Equestrian
Provides hacking along the coast with stunning far-reaching views across Weymouth Bay
Local Beaches
Stunning scenery and great walks
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Lulworth Cove
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Stunning scenery and great walks
Great walks and super views
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Durdle Door
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Great walks and super views
Fantastic fossils, but keep an eye on the tide (check tide times before you set off)
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Kimmeridge Bay
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Fantastic fossils, but keep an eye on the tide (check tide times before you set off)
A challenging walk down to the beach, but good fossiling potential and a drink at the Square and Compass afterwards makes it worthwhile!
Chapman's Pool
A challenging walk down to the beach, but good fossiling potential and a drink at the Square and Compass afterwards makes it worthwhile!
Long sandy beach and great walks. Nearby nature reserve.
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Studland
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Long sandy beach and great walks. Nearby nature reserve.
Good restaurants and excellent beach for finding fossils
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Lyme Regis
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Good restaurants and excellent beach for finding fossils
18 miles of shingle which forms part of the Jurassic Coast and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Chesil Beach
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18 miles of shingle which forms part of the Jurassic Coast and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Fossil haven!
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Charmouth Beach
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Fossil haven!
Three miles of Blue Flag-winning, golden, sandy, child friendly beach, lots to see and do, beautiful views
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Weymouth
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Three miles of Blue Flag-winning, golden, sandy, child friendly beach, lots to see and do, beautiful views
Our nearest beach - only 6 miles away
National Trust - Ringstead Bay
Our nearest beach - only 6 miles away
Restaurants/Cafes
Beautiful building and courtyard. Great cakes. lovely walks by the ford. It is a minute's walk to the stunning St. Nicholas' Church, where T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) is buried. It is also known for the outstanding engraved church windows by Laurence Whistler
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Moreton Tearooms
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Beautiful building and courtyard. Great cakes. lovely walks by the ford. It is a minute's walk to the stunning St. Nicholas' Church, where T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) is buried. It is also known for the outstanding engraved church windows by Laurence Whistler
The freshest fish, straight off the beach!
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Hive Beach Cafe
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The freshest fish, straight off the beach!
Great food and only two miles away. Advance booking essential.
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Yalbury Cottage
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Great food and only two miles away. Advance booking essential.
Fantastic local and home-grown food, beautiful building, stunning views, advance booking essential.
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The Pig - on the beach
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Fantastic local and home-grown food, beautiful building, stunning views, advance booking essential.
Family Interest
Hundreds of rescued apes and monkeys. Huge climbing frame for children.
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Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre
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Hundreds of rescued apes and monkeys. Huge climbing frame for children.
Surprisingly interesting and entertaining, fun for all the family!
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The Tank Museum
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Surprisingly interesting and entertaining, fun for all the family!
A favourite family attraction, open every day. Their full daily timetable of hands-on animal events gives children a full day out. In addition, there are many indoor and outdoor play areas – all in a safe and welcoming environment.
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Farmer Palmer's Farm Park
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A favourite family attraction, open every day. Their full daily timetable of hands-on animal events gives children a full day out. In addition, there are many indoor and outdoor play areas – all in a safe and welcoming environment.
Fun on the flumes!
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Splashdown
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Fun on the flumes!
Home to the world’s only managed colony of nesting mute swans, and you are even able to walk through the heart of the colony of nesting Mute Swans. A visit to this beautiful place is considered to be one of the best things to do in Dorset.
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Abbotsbury Swannery
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Home to the world’s only managed colony of nesting mute swans, and you are even able to walk through the heart of the colony of nesting Mute Swans. A visit to this beautiful place is considered to be one of the best things to do in Dorset.
18th-century garden with rare plants and notable magnolia and camellia blooms, plus a restaurant. Open every day. One of the finest gardens Alan Titchmarsh has ever visited!
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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
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18th-century garden with rare plants and notable magnolia and camellia blooms, plus a restaurant. Open every day. One of the finest gardens Alan Titchmarsh has ever visited!
Great walks around the iconic ruined castle, beautiful village, catch the steam train to Swanage Beach
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Corfe Castle
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Great walks around the iconic ruined castle, beautiful village, catch the steam train to Swanage Beach
Hardy's birthplace, only two miles away. Good visitor centre with café and trails and walks through Thorncombe Woods.
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Hardys Cottage
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Hardy's birthplace, only two miles away. Good visitor centre with café and trails and walks through Thorncombe Woods.
Thomas Hardy's home
Max Gate
Thomas Hardy's home
Not for the writer, but for Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, the monument offers 360 degree views over Dorset and the Jurassic Coast.
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National Trust - Hardy Monument
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Not for the writer, but for Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, the monument offers 360 degree views over Dorset and the Jurassic Coast.
Largest iron age hill fort in Europe, stunning views and walking
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Maiden Castle
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Largest iron age hill fort in Europe, stunning views and walking
Over 100 birds and only a five minute walk away! Incredible falconry displays with daily shows (Wednesday to Sunday) and a small tea room.
Xtreme Falconry at Dorset Falconry Park
Over 100 birds and only a five minute walk away! Incredible falconry displays with daily shows (Wednesday to Sunday) and a small tea room.
Out and About
Dorset's county town with shopping, eating and drinking, cinemas and museums
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Dorchester
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Dorset's county town with shopping, eating and drinking, cinemas and museums
Beautiful grounds, gardens and lakes. No children. Serves good food at the café
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Sculpture By The Lakes
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Beautiful grounds, gardens and lakes. No children. Serves good food at the café
Beautiful vineyard offering tours and tasting with a cafe
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Langham Wine Estate and Vineyard Café
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Beautiful vineyard offering tours and tasting with a cafe