Thursday, 6 September 2018

Six go to Swanage

Hello Lovelies, 
as we return to school this week I'm finally getting round to sharing our main family holiday, which we took in the last week in July. It's another long post but I hope you enjoy a glimpse at our Heatwave week.

This year I decided we should stay in Dorset again,  and return to a beach we first visited on our second ever holiday with children, way back in 2002.

This is that very beach, Studland Bay . It was our first port of call upon our arrival and I was happy to see it was still just as lovely as I recalled.

We spent a happy few hours exploring and paddling before heading off to find our accommodation.

This was our Caravan site, just around the headland in Swanage. This picture was taken the next morning, when Eldest and I headed out for a walk.

There were paths right from our site, up onto these hills (or Downs as they are somewhat confusingly called).

We enjoyed wandering about getting our bearings, and spotting the local wildlife.

These steps were a challenge to climb.

Well, for me at least.

I wanted to walk to Old Harry Rocks, but after a few wrong turns we decided to try it another day, and just enjoy the views from Ballard Down instead.

maybe tomorrow Harry.

Time to head back to the rest of the family, It's looking like a great beach day.

We decided to try the beach closest to our caravan site, Swanage main beach. Here we happily found parking right by the beach. Because we have a rather large two person Kayak this was a huge bonus. 

Just take it off the roof rack and carry it over the soft sand. Easy. 

Another reason this beach suited us so well was because we had the boy's  Nanna with us.  My lovely Mum in Law is not so mobile these days but she does very well and still loves the beach.  It was fun having her with us for the week. All her mixed up words had us in fits of giggles. She didn't seem to mind. Bless her.

The view from Swanage beach is towards the Isle of Wight.

I presume this affects the tides too, as the water level hardly changed throughout the day. How great is that. In the hot sunny week we enjoyed this made it feel even more like the Med. Though they don't have Punch and Judy shows :0)

It was never too crowded and the only thing the boys missed were the big waves of our Cornish holidays, but you can't have everything and this was pretty close to perfect in my eyes.

A short walk from the beach there were streets to explore.

and a pretty harbour to wander around.

But it was the daily kayak that I loved the most. To be able to paddle around in the sheltered bay, occasionally getting splashed with cooling water from your oar, seeing the lovely beach from a different perspective. That was a real joy to me.

This is not me by the way. It's my 18 year old twins. 18! How did that happen?

I think this holiday felt so precious because we are not guaranteed the pleasure of their company next summer...That's only natural I know, but...well...gulp.

So to have ended up in such a lovely spot and to be blessed with the best weather we have had since that first seaside holiday when they were just a year old, it just seemed a dream come true.

It was such a hot week we couldn't be bothered to go exploring in the day.
Instead we headed out in the evening on a couple of occasions, firstly to pretty Corfe Castle village

Which saw me dashing about to get some pictures before the light faded.

So many Swallows here. Lovely to watch.

followed an emergency Chip trip back to Swanage harbour.

Hubby and I wandered about in the dusk, while said chips were shared in the car :0)


Eldest and I bravely got up early one day midweek, to try and reach Old Harry again, but even at 8am it was sweltering on this attempt.

The only place to be was the beach .

Though we did have to buy two parasols for shade.

Most days I would go for a little wander as I can't sit all day.

This is what remains of the old pier. Just look at those colours.

more harbour views.

and street scenes.

all looking perfect with a blue sky backdrop.

Back at our static caravan I was happy to read my library book.

or take short strolls around the local lanes.

On our second evening out we went to see the twin geological marvels of the Jurassic coast, firstly  Lulworth Cove.

And this was walking down to Durdle Door.

Here it is.

complete with swimmers heading through the arch.

Towards the end of the week Eldest and I finally made it to See Old Harry Rocks. By cheating and parking a mile away:0)

I loved watching the Swallows popping in and out of their nests here. I think I will remember 2018 as my Swallow summer. I've seen more this year than ever before.

What a view. So glad we finally made it.

Right, lets walk back, beach time again :0)

I do love a retro postcard and  I vote they  bring back the straw parasols :0)

On our final day also we enjoyed watching the steam trains of the Swanage Railway from the bridge.

The water refilling was fascinating.

and happily we squeezed in a cream tea with a perfect view.

When it was to to pack up the parasols for the last time the light changed and we had to leave in a hurry as lightening bolts struck the sea.  But it didn't rain, just as it hadn't rained for so any weeks, or was it months before?

This was the sunset on our final  night. The next day we would have to leave our sweet  little caravan home with it's lovely sea view. We would have to head inland away from the cooling sea breezes to the sweaty Midlands. I really did not want this holiday to end.

At least I have a good excuse to come back to this area of Dorset, as there are still so many things we didn't get to see.
Jacquie x


  1. What gorgeous photos of such a beautiful area. It looks like you had your holidays in the perfect place when experiencing a heat wave. Well planned :) Glad you enjoyed it. xx Susan

  2. What a wonderful post and such beautiful photos!! We were very fortunate to have lived in Weymouth for 5 years with my husband's job and Swanage was one of the many places along the coastline we would visit for days out or a weekend away... wonderful memories <3 x

  3. What a wonderful place to spend a heatwave week. I'm envying you your kayak - it's something mine discovered on holiday this year and really enjoyed. It's great fun, by all accounts - I stayed on the beach and watched. Glad you had a good week. CJ xx

  4. I loved each and every photo you shared. What a perfect vacation and especially that your twins were with you. I just loved seeing some of the stone and thatch buildings.. a dream of mine is to see some with my own eyes. Thank you for sharing. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. It looks so tropical! It must be a nice feeling to have your sons on holiday and walking with you still at the age of 18. Well done for that I say! Jo xxx

  6. Lovely photos - I do love Durdle Dor. x

  7. I loved seeing your pics on IG - you did parts of our Dorset trip a week before we did!!

  8. Ah! your photos of Durdle Door remind me of happy camping weekends with friends. Thanks for sharing. CN x

  9. your post brought back happy memories of childhood holidays with my brother when our grandparents and their siblings all met at Swanage and took us to the beach annually, they had a beach hut and we had so many happy times. Your pictures are excellent.

  10. What a gorgeous collection of photos. It sounds like you had a fantastic week, a lot of lovely memories to treasure :)

  11. Glad you had another wonderful family holiday in Dorset. The sky looks so blue and you can almost feel the heat in your pictures! We always enjoy visitng Swanage, my granny used to visit there as a child. Sarah x

  12. Being lucky enough to live in Dorset, I feel proud of our lovely county on reading this post. Swanage is so special, - it’s sometimes called Swanalulu!

  13. Hello Jacquie, This is my home! Such lovely photos. I wish I knew you were here, you could have had tea and cake! I have lots to thank you for, your Owls started me on my crochet journey. Thank you so much.


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