After collecting passengers from our last pick up point in Taunton, we then make our way for a mid morning comfort stop at Palmer’s Garden Centre outside Yeovil. Once refreshed we travel to our first stop, the town of Wareham. Wareham is a pretty riverside town where the rivers Frome and Piddle meet. You can enjoy a delicious meal at one of the eateries, browse the interesting and unique shops or go for a walk and surround yourself with rolling hills and beautiful views. Wareham Town Museum is a great place to discover local history and learn about the town’s connections with T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia).
Swanage is the most easterly town on the Jurassic Coast, and its gently shelving sandy beach and sheltered waters have made it a popular destination for families since Victorian times. Despite being just six miles from the urban expanse of Poole and Bournemouth, Swanage feels a world away, and retains a sense of bustling but easy-going seaside charm. The beach also holds the prestigious blue flag for beach cleanliness. Not forgetting the The Swanage Railway which offers a more intensive heritage steam and diesel timetable train service than virtually any other preserved railway.
The town makes a great base to explore the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast. The iconic chalk stacks of Old Harry Rocks are a three-mile walk north east along the South West Coast Path, while Durlston Head is a short walk to the south. From here there are spectacular views of the Jurassic Coast extending westwards, with the Isle of Wight visible to the east.