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Exciting Things To Do In Dorset And Devon

Dorset and Devon have a surprisingly adventurous selection of holiday activities. Whether you like skydiving, rock climbing, or a wide variety of water sports, you can find outdoor adventure for the whole family, or for just the most thrill-seeking of your group.

Individual Adventures


One of the best places to go if you, or you and a friend want to have some fun, is Active Escape. This group can hook you up to go coasteering, surf rafting, coastal rafting, and many other activities. In fact, the more ambitious can even sign up for amphibious assault classes!

Group Adventures



If you are planning either a Hen Party or a Stag Party, take on an adventure. The amphibious assault class is available for your entire group, as are any of the other activities. In fact, you can often get a discount for a group. You also get a discount if you engage in more than one activity.

The Coast


The Jurassic Coast at Dorset and Devon is an amazing adventure all its own. It features 95 miles of coastline that will truly take you back to the Jurassic period. In fact, several of the sites are on the list of World Heritage Sites as designated by UNESCO. Visit the Durdle Door or Pinkay Bay, kayaking along the coast. You can even collect fossils, if you want to. The conservation of the coast is well established, and they have specific places where you can go fossil hunting.

You can stay in one of the gateway towns in the area. They give you a great jumping off point to hike the coast. I you elect to go down the South West Coast, you have 630 miles of coast to explore.

Cliff Diving


If collecting fossils is a little too mundane for you, try cliff diving. Some of the best cliff divers across the globe come to Devon to compete in competitions. You, too, can experience the thrill of diving from the rocks into the surf below.

Coasteering


Coasteering is a relatively new term that refers to the adventure of hiking, climbing, jumping, diving, and swimming. While you have to be in pretty good shape for this strenuous activity, and have the right climbing equipment it can give you a great thrill.

However, if you are not exactly in NAVY Seal condition, you can still enjoy coasteering, just dialed down a bit. You can have a great time with activities that are more geared toward your physical conditioning. For example, if you’re not exactly into cliff diving, but enjoy a little surfing, you can leave off the diving part.

Camping


Camping may not seem to be an adventurous holiday, but it sure can get you back to nature. Whether you choose to plan your own camping trip, or coordinate it through one of the well-qualified adventure companies, camping in Devon and Dorset may be the best destination, after all! Give it a try, and throw in a little hiking and swimming, here and there.

 

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Top 5 Restaurants In Dorset

Dorset plays host to a variety of great dining opportunities. From fast food to fine dining, you can find something for any taste. Here is a rundown of the top 5 restaurants in Dorset.

Fish and Seafood

Dorset, with its great location, is the perfect place to enjoy some of the best fish and seafood in the country. While there are other dishes available at these great restaurants, seafood is the lifeblood of these restaurants.

Hive Beach Café


In Burton Bradstock, you’ll find the Hive Beach Café. Here, you can actually find grilled herring – a rarity in the UK. There is also fried fillet of mackerel and crabs. While this restaurant is always busy, you will receive your order quickly. It is a bit on the pricey side, but the food and service are beyond compare. Located on the beach, children and even your dogs are welcomed here. You can take a leisurely stroll along the beach after your great meal.

Half Moon Inn

At the Half Moon Inn in Bridport, you’ll find another dish that is seldom prepared in the UK. Here, you’ll find hake. This deep-water white fish was a delicacy among the Spanish, and is not commonly found on the mainland. The Half Moon Inn has been redesigned recently, and features a thatched roof as part of its atmosphere. In addition to the somewhat rare hake on its menu, Half Moon also provides aged beef, fish pie (with salmon and scallop), smoked haddock chowder, Portland Crab, Lyme Bay scallops, and Fowey mussels. There is a back garden open for the children, and delightful dining for everyone.

River Cottage


Unique in this list of excellent restaurants is River Cottage. Not only is the dining establishment open as a regular restaurant, the facility is also a chef school. When school is in session, you can enjoy new dishes for the first time, prepared by accomplished students and teachers in the school. In addition, the atmosphere of this charming spot creates a special retreat.

In fact, in 2012, Dorset had a great event where The Pop-Up Hotel and the River Cottage Chef School teamed up for several weeks to provide luxurious dining and glamping (glamorous camping) for those in attendance. For those who simply passed through or planed their holiday for the area, this proved to be a unique opportunity to experience the luxuries of The Pop-Up Hotel in conjunction with unique, one-of-a-kind meals prepared by chefs and chefs-in-training at this renowned school.

Crab House Café


The Crab House Café in Wyke Regis serves freshly shucked oysters harvested from the restaurant’s own private oyster beds. The beds are right outside the front door, and the owner buys fresh fish every single day from the fishermen of Portland and Weymouth. Razor clams are a specialty here, served with broad beans and chorizo. About 2 miles away is the Shambles bank, which provides the restaurant with fresh brill.

Watch House Café


In West Bay, Bridport, you’ll find another dog and child friendly café called Watch House Café. This is often referred to as the little sister of the Hive Beach Café previously mentioned. Excellent coffer, local beers, and tea in nice, big pots accompany your Lyme Bay crab sandwiches and your bowl of Exe mussels. This informal dining opportunity has plenty of room inside and out, and provides tie-up hooks for your dogs.
These great restaurants are a destination in themselves. Work them into your daily travel plans, and you won’t be disappointed.

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The Scenic United Kingdom

Although the UK can be looked at as a small place compared to some of those larger places out there, there is still some great scenery and landscapes to be seen. Scenery in the UK can change from beautiful coastlines, to clean countryside to mountains of the lake district to  the banks and braes of Scotland the more Northerly you go. I’ve always enjoyed travelling the UK for this reason alone. Although temperature doesn’t vary more than a degree or two around the most of the UK, there should be enough difference in landscape to keep you entertained.

Devon

Whether you are coming from across the globe or even just taking a small trip from the city, there are countless places to visit if you are looking for something a little different. You can take advantage of the magnificent Devon landscapes in many different ways, whether you want to go hiking, do some watersports or even visit some of the well placed weight loss boot camps in the local area, theres nothing like working your way back to fitness in a place with such brilliant scenery.

Dorset

Devon of course is just one area of outstanding natural beauty, next door to the east is dorset, which features many stunning attractions including stately homes and gardens that will easily make your jaw drop.

Tyneham village is also an area that may take your fancy, it’s like stepping into a time machine. The village was evacuated in 1943 for military training and it has been deserted ever since. You can walk around and see the remains of many buildings and houses and also take a stroll around the chuch (which still has the occasional service on a sunday)

Dorset also has some incredible beaches, Lulworth Cove (as pictured above) is most definitely worth a visit, There aren’t many places like this found in the UK.

The Lake District

If you’re really looking for something spectactular, then look no further than the lake district. If you’re into hiking and climbing, then this is certainly the place you’ll want to go. The surrounding villages are lovely, with their local pubs and eateries aswell as quaint little shops.

 

The lake district of course offers trips across the lakes on various different boats, depending on how fit you are, you can even row! There are several different lakes to visit, each one different, and totally worth it. getting yourself onto the various trails and other walkways is very much recommended too. So why not have a look?

The Scottish Highlands

 

The further north you go, the higher the land seems to get, and it certainly does when you visit the Scottish Highlands. This area has profound natural beauty aswell as a very high probability you will see some wildlife. It is not uncommon to see stags and deer and during the season you can actually hunt (if that’s your thing).

Scotland has many different things to see, there are whiskey distilleries scattered all over the highlands, famous brands that you will have heard of for sure. You can actually walk around these distilleries and see how they are made (you might even get yourself a sample!).

Food in Scotland is also rather good, you may have a pre-existing opinion on what food might be like in Scotland, but let me tell you, there are some great places to eat.

So there you are, some lovely areas to visit if you want to take a look around the United Kingdom, Of course I haven’t mentioned Ireland, but i’ll leave that for another post! So whether your holidaying in the UK or coming from abroad, enjoy yourself!

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Dorset Weddings

Dorset is a beautiful place, an ideal place for a wedding some might say, well, I say it definitely is. The Dorset countryside is beautiful scenery and if your interested in having a magical time, you can even hire a
Minehead marquee and get yourself into a wonderful outdoor wedding that just embraces the countryside.

 

That’s the best thing to do when your in a lovely location like that, why would you want to be inside a stuffy venue when you can breathe and have the outdoor air on your side.
Weddings can be fun, weddings can be boring, why not make sure that yours is that extra special.

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Travelling Through Puddletown, Dorset

If you’ve decided to come on holiday to Dorset, they you’ll most likely be travelling the countryside via car. We all know that in a place like Dorset you’ll be travelling a lot and stopping off at some of the towns and shopping areas. If you want to have a little stroll about the town you could take a stroller and give your child some wheeling fun around the place, but i wouldn’t suggest using a baby carrier. Some of the towns may be a bit large and you’ll struggle to get around if you have to carry your child the whole way.

Puddletown is actually fairly small and travelling around with a well made baby carrier may be possible, you just don’t want to strain yourself. There are some great sights to see in Puddletown, you have the medieval Church of St Mary with it’s historic interiors and monumental brasses, and even 17th century box pews!

If churches aren’t your thing, then you could also visit The Old Manor (reffered to as Ilsington House) which is located on the east side of Puddletown. This building is quite onle and is actually listed as a Grade II Country house. The house is said to be oveer 300 years old. The house has history which you will be able to find once you enter the town.

Puddletown has a lot of things to see, it’s only a small place with a population of around 1000, but a place you don’t want to miss in Dorset.

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Dorset In A Campervan

Campervans are brilliant, I’ve always looked at buying myself a campervan, the possibilities are endless when you think about it. Not only do you have a van, but a place to eat and sleep too when your on the road! I’ve always wanted to pick one up because I feel driving holidays could be a lot of fun! It’s always fun to just hit the road and see where the wind takes you!

I’ve done a bit of travelling around europe before, I can say that it is a lot of fun, the main issue is that when your traveling in just a car, you don’t have the space that you need. It would also be great to have a fridge aswell to keep the food and milk cold.

That’s why i’ve decided to pick up a van, I’m not sure what kind yet but I think I’m going to go for a campervan conversion! This is a transporter styled van that has been converted into a camper. I could even buy the van second hand and get it converted myself to increase the value. I found a website online Autohaus VW that actually perform these conversions, they look absolubtely fantastic.

I actually scrolled through some of their screenshots and it’s exactly what I am after, The decision now is wether to buy a pre-existing conversion or go for one that I can have converted. Whichever will save me the most money!