Dorset Journals

Going West, South-West

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A travel journal to Dorset by MagdaDH_AlexH

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Quote: Dorset and beyond: the south-western corner of England.

Forest of Dean

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Attraction | "Wood and River and Lardy Cake"

Forest of Dean Photo, Gloucestershire, England
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Of all the regions of England, the one that I always felt I wanted to explore more was the South-West. One of the very few trips to that part of the world I ever made was to stay with a couple of friends in a small ex-mining town of Coleford, 21 miles from Gloucester and pretty much in the Forest of Dean. Unlike other British areas with ''forest'' in their name, the Forest of Dean is, actually, still largely a forest. A remainder of a much larger area of primeval woodland, the current Forest covers approximately 42 square miles and provides a rare in England opportunity to walk in the real woods, with real old trees growing more or less wild rather than as part of a plantation or a managed...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2012

Forest of Dean

Gloucestershire
+44 1594 812388

Going West

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Photo of Dorset, England
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We didn't have a car when we lived in Brighton, and were to poor to either buy one or rent on a regular basis, but one day, when a family member visited and agreed to sponsor a trip, we did hire one for a day and decided not to go peacefully exploring the surrounding countryside (which is, by the way, very pleasant and the South Downs have a protected status as a natural area, and rightly so, with its rolling green countryside and gentle hills to walk on), but instead, got in and simply drove west. It doesn't appear terribly far along the southern coast of England, even f you went all the way to Cornwall, and indeed it's not THAT far, as Great Britain is a relatively small island that stre...Read More

Stonehenge

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Attraction | "Standing Stones of Stonehenge"

Stonehenge Photo, Salisbury, England
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Unlike most of my reviews and stories, this one will not give background information, or perhaps just a minimum. There are two reasons for it: firstly, millions of words and thousands of volumes have been written about Stonehenge, and although a lot is known about the archaeology of the site, with the origins of stones and likely way of building the structure quite well explored, nothing - nothing - is truly known about the purpose of the 'henge nor about the people who built it. We can speculate, either fancifully (aliens?) or in a more informed and reasoned manner (ancient pre-Celtic people who happen to have inhabited that land and decided to transport massive stones from Wales over 150 miles in ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 21, 2012

Stonehenge
2 miles west of Amesbury
Salisbury, England
01980 624 715

Southbank Hotel

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Hotel | "Pretty standard, decent value"

Southbank Hotel Photo, Torquay, England
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We once decided to buy a house in Torquay (we never actually did, as the one we offered on had eventually fallen through, but this is a Different Story and not for this site at all). Anyway, having so decided, we travelled down from Perthshire in order to view some properties, and during that process (a weekend of house viewing, essentially) we stayed at the Southbank. It's a small hotel or a large B&B located on a street that runs from the centre of town to the seafront, in one of those white, stucco-decorated buildings typical of the English coastal resorts. We had a double room which was of good size (in fact I think it was a family room as bunk beds were present in a co...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 21, 2012

Southbank Hotel
15-17 Belgrave Road
Torquay, England 2 5

Torquay Sunset, by Sue Hasker under CC Photo, Dorset, England
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The farthest west I got in England was Torquay, or more precisely Brixham, the westernmost of the three towns of the Torbay amalgam comprising of Torquay, Brixham and Paignton. The whole area is often referred to as English Riviera and despite the persistent Fawlty Towers associations, it is a pleasant (if not exactly Cote-d-Azur glitzy) strip of coastal resorts. I have never been on holiday in Torquay, but I spent a few days round there looking for the house and I wasn't exactly overwhelmed. It seemed pretty enough, with palm trees and nice (but not stunning coast) but incredibly busy - we were there at the end of October and tourists were still noticeable, in the summer it must be a nigh...Read More