A full on day today, did a lot more driving than I have been doing as I need to speed it up a bit
Weather was warm but at some of the coastal towns it was really cold and windy, it also rained a bit every now and again but nothing too bad – easy roads, again some narrow laneways
Good chats with some of the locals at Exeter, everyone so lovely here as well!
DAY 9 ITINERARY
A – MAIDEN CASTLE – Dorset
B – DORCHESTER – Dorset
C – POUNDBURY – Dorset
D – ABBOTSBURY – Dorset
E – ABBOTSBURY CASTLE
F – WEST BAY – Dorset
G – SIDMOUTH – Devon
H – EXETER
The finest iron Age fort in Britain and first laid out in 600BC over remains of neolithic settlement
In 43AD it was taken by the Roman army and the inhabitants moved to Durnovaria which is now the nearby town of Dorchester
Arrived around 11:30 and it’s so busy here! A lot and I mean a lot of elderly people with walking canes and trolleys – I really havent seen this many elderly people in one city, im curious to know why and I didnt get the chance to ask around! it’s good to see older people out and about enjoying their country, even if it’s slowly they still enjoying it 🥳 good for them!
Bustling high street and shops are full, it’s Tuesday but looks like tourists are out and about in full force
The Keep Dorchester
the Keep used to be the gatehouse of Marabout Barracks built in 1879-1881 and had the guard room and armory
I was so curious about this place as I was passing by to go to Abbotsbury, I just HAD to stop, it looked like a HUGE deserted town with the most amazing looking buildings so grand and huge, sort of out of place…
Taken from their website directly – Poundbury is an urban extension to the Dorset county town of Dorchester. Poundbury is built on Duchy of Cornwall land, in accordance with the principles of architecture and urban planning as advocated by HRH The Prince of Wales in his book ‘A Vision of Britain’.
Seems like its all around sustainability, affordability & beautiful designs. The challenge for the chosen architects was to create an autonomous new extension to the town within the context of traditional Dorset architecture,
Its been done in around 4-5 phases with the first started in 1993 and different architects chosen for each phase.
English Heritage – free viewing, sits just outside of a B&B with the same name
St Catherines chapel – on the hill in distance from Abbotsbury
West Bay, used to be known as Bridport Harbour, is a small harbour settlement and resort village – this are is known as the Jurassic Coast
Small little town with a population of around 12,500, a nice relaxed and easy feeling while walking around, nice little back alleys and the HIgh Street with all its usual shops
You know when youre heading into a major city / town as the traffic backs up for a while back on the A road – reminds me why I like the countryside driving a lot more
Young crowds out and about here, a lot of kids in their 20s wandering around having fun and drinking at pubs – saw a kid get kicked out of a place for using someone else’s ID lol
6pm finally make it into town… After some Sydney style traffic back to back I’m in my little pub Accomodation finally smack bang in city centre – will explore tomorrow the beauty of this place
Young crowds out and about here, a lot of kids in their 20s wandering around having fun and drinking at pubs – saw a kid get kicked out of a place for using someone else’s ID lol – after I wrote this I asked a local why there were so many young people, was it a university town? to which they replied, YES most definitely, there are 5 different universities, this explains it! also, wednesday night out was student night