Friday, May 27
It was only 11 am and I’d already felt so many emotions. I just said goodbye to Ellie, the friend who has been my travel buddy and companion for the past 5 1/2 months. We parted ways after enjoying one last brunch together at our favorite cafe in Lancaster. She was headed back to Uni to study for her last exam and I headed to the rail station to meet up with Victoria.
Victoria and I were headed for the Southern tip of England this weekend, to go explore the Jurassic Coast. After three train switches and a taxi ride, we arrived at our Air BnB location for the weekend, in Poole (Dorset County). We got there around 7 pm and our hosts were absolutely fabulous, as they recommended a place to eat dinner and even drove us there!
Saturday, May 28
This was really the main-event, the reason we came down. On Saturday, we had booked a tour with a little tour company to take us along the different sites on the coast. It was everything we could have asked for and more. Our tour guide was this nice man in his 50s who has done just about every job in the book. Yet, he had a passion to educate and was full of fun facts. To top it off, we got to ride in one of the “Jurassic Park” busses!
Our first stop was to see the Old Harry Rocks. Unfortunately, the morning started out really foggy and my poor iPhone just couldn’t capture the view, so I’m going to cheat for one second here and give a picture from the internet, just so you know what we did get to see!
After stopping at the Old Harry Rocks, we journeyed on farther and did a small walk along the coast just outside of Swanage. We stopped at a Nature Reserve and got pictures by the Great Globe and then walked along the path to the Tilly Whim Caves. The caves are shut down now, after a cave-in some years ago, but we were told the story of how they used to be used.
After our walk here, we boarded the bus back again and headed to Corfe for lunch and a view of Corfe Castle. We had really yummy, homemade Cornish pastys and just strolled around the tiny town for the hour we were there.
Throughout the day, our guide kept telling us, “It just gets better. Each stop will impress you more.” And he was not wrong. Because after Corfe, we headed on to the main event-Durdle Door & Man of War Cove. Words cannot describe these views, so I’ll just let you look at pictures instead.
We were also in for another surprise while we explored this area. We still aren’t sure of the details, but as soon as we got to the cove, there were search and rescue teams all over the area. A man was lain on the beach and there were medical attendants with him. There was even a helicopter that kept circling the area and lowering down men. So, we got quite the show with our view as well.
Victoria and I were just in amazement of God’s handiwork and creativity in his Creation of this beauty. Also, I’m still a dork.
After our tiring trek back to the bus, we headed back to Poole. We ended our wonderful day with a roast dinner at Toby Carvery where I got to have a traditional roast and try Yorkshire Pudding for the first time. (Just checkin’ off my English bucketlist)
Sunday, May 29
On Sunday, we had a pretty chilled out day. We let ourselves sleep in and then headed back to Corfe so we could actually explore the castle and cute little town. We had lunch at a cute little tea room right by the castle as well. And, of course, I had a cream tea.
After our morning at Corfe, we headed back to Poole and went to Sandbanks Beach. It was a bit chillier than we had expected, but still enjoyed just being on an English beach and getting to eat fish (scampi) and chips from a cone!
It truly was a great weekend, exploring some of the most beautiful sites that I’ve ever seen.