Staying at THE PIG-on the beach?

July 29, 2014

This is Your Kingdom handpick just a few of their favourite spots in and around THE PIG-on the beach in Studland.

Endless sun-soaked days are a rare and special thing here in the UK. So much so that when blessed with some well deserved sunshine, there are few places on this planet we’d would rather be. If, like us, you’re on the hunt for lovely new places to explore this summer look no further. We’ve asked the lovely folks at This is Your Kingdom to handpick just a few of their favourite spots in and around THE PIG on the beach in Studland Bay, Dorset 

Discover hidden coves and breathtaking views

Everyone dreams of finding their secret beach, the one that few others know about, the one that is never crowded, even on the warmest of summer days, and the one where the swimming is as perfect as it gets. Our secret beach – Mupe Bay on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast – has all of the above in spades but is all the more remarkable for being within just a couple of miles of a renowned tourist hotspot. Read more … 
Shared by Karen Brazier

Go wild swimming in nature’s own bathing pool

Dancing Ledge is a tidal rock pool, set into the cliffs at a disused quarry site on the wild Jurassic Coast. This hidden spot can only be reached by foot so we leave the car at the nearby National Trust car park at Durnford Drove and follow the path across the golden fields and towards the sea. We reach the end of the path and scramble down the last of the rocks to the clear, still pool below. It’s so peaceful here; the only sounds coming from the waves lapping gently against the pool’s edge, and the distant calls of local fishermen as they reel in their catch. The contrast of the craggy fossil-studded rock against the deep blue sea is mesmerising. The cliffs glow white in the bright sunshine.

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Shared by Charmaine Beaumont-Rixen

Enjoy tea in the most scenic of settings

Corfe Castle tea room, just a moment from the village square and at the base of the imposing castle, has to be one of the most perfect spots for lunch I know. For the best vantage point, head through the tea room to the tiny garden at the back. Tucked away from the main seating area, a handful of steps lead you to a couple of tables on a sheltered terrace where an oasis of calm awaits; a perfect place to sit and take stock.  In summer, the garden is awash with colour; busy bees gathering nectar from the lavender and poppies, flowering chives swaying gently in the warm breeze.  

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Shared by Charmaine Beaumont-Rixen

Enjoy a fresh as can be seafood feast 

Dorset is one of my favourite getaways, and there’s a little place called the Hive Beach Café that I’ve always remembered. We were on a weekend break with friends, and it was a blustery spring day, but in my opinion when you’re by the sea there’s no excuse for not being in it, by it or on it. So off we went for a bracing, appetite-building walk along the shore before finally taking shelter in this fantastic café.

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Shared by Tamara Lohan (www.mrandmrssmith.com/)

Rummage for vintage treasures 

There are many wonderful local gems around Dorset, but the thing I keep coming back to at the moment is The Dorchester Curiosity Centre. Based in a huge, old bus depot just outside Dorchester on the Grove Trading Estate, this fantastic warehouse is full to the brim with antiques, vintage clothing, furniture and enough interesting and exciting objects to keep anyone searching for hours. With over 92 traders there is something different every time you pop in.  

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Shared by Rob Ward [www.dorsetcereals.co.uk]


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