|First impression of Swanage Beach - Aussie standards are hard to beat. |
Gramps is a little more optimistic with the picnic blanket at the ready.
|The baby gulls love the weed|
Just down the rail track from Corfe Castle was the seaside town of Swanage. We had a peek late one afternoon to see if a day trip for beach lounging was in order. Although deck chairs were available for hire we decided not to return. Their week long summer fete was in full swing so it was very crowded, very loud and the beach of mud and stones wasn't made more inviting by the gaudy peer entertainments and kids screaming after too much sugar. Dogs aren't allowed on this beach from May to September. Wandering down through little alleys from the train station to avoid the chest thumpingly loud parade,
|Parade through Swanage|
|The DJ and his generator making the windows shake|
|Two Charlie Browns having a chat at Swanage|
|I want to like this! Deck chairs on the promenade.|
|Out door clothing store named after|
some coastal caves.
|Sitting on deck chairs on the promenade as the girls head out to paddle|
|Granny decided to join them|
|Charlie enjoying the warmth but disgruntled that he wasn't allowed to frolic.|
There were public toilets, a Cafe and store up at the National Trust centre halfway down this very long beach behind the boatshed. I had hoped to be able to hire beach umbrellas or the very popular 'beach breaks' used for shelter from the wind but I think mainly used to stake a claim and border the picnic patch. I ended up buying an enormous umbrella shelter that R called a satellite dish when he saw photos of it. The leary colour made sure we could always find home base and it gave a nice big pool of cool.
|Told you not to take a selfie on my camera Willow! Lovely spot of colour.|
|First day swimming in the sun for over a year.|
|SPF'd for bronze not red. Loving wiggling toes in the sand. |
English beach shelters marking out other sun seeker's territory.
|Between the main beach and the dog beach of Lyme Regis|
|Lovely curved beaches either side with a steep cliff climb down to each.|
|The left beach.|
|Granny and Gramps enjoying the view|
without having to walk down to the beach.
|Love the motivating cup o'tea|
We didn't have time to explore further east but Christchurch has Highcliffe Castle beach and Friars Cliff beach listed as family attractions. I'm not sure that we'll manage the time to visit my hometown's namesake this trip. Christchurch NZ certainly has cliff lined beaches too.
http://www.brownseaislandferries.com They had a variety of trips that go up and down the Jurassic coast of Dorset.