Travel Timehop

Travel Timehop #8 – Swanage

This week’s Travel Timehop proves you don’t have to look far from home for somewhere interesting to spend your holidays. We travelled just over an hour down the road to this destination, where we spent the best part of the week visiting ancient landmarks, sandy beaches and the odd pub.

Each week in 2015 I’m sharing a holiday snap shot from the past decade. So far my Travel Timehop has allowed me to revisit travel memories from all inclusive trips to Turkey to honeymoon highlights in Las Vegas and canoe expeditions in France.

So, without further ado, here is this week’s Timehop memory.

When are we time-hopping to?

2007 – the year after our great European tenting adventure and the summer we got in engaged. In an effort to save money before our wedding in 2008 we decided to break out the tent again for a staycation in the UK.

Where in the world?

We were visiting Swanage in Dorset. There are so many campsites just outside the town that I can’t for the life of me remember where we stayed now. I do however recall that, in true European adventure style, we hadn’t booked anywhere and had to drive around a few places to find space for us and our little tent.

In the end we found a site attached to a farm. The shower facilities were a bit basic – there were no lights, which was probably just as well as I dread to think when the block had last been cleaned! However being so close to Swanage was worth it.

The town is really pretty, there are plenty of places to eat and enjoy a drink, and the beach is gorgeous. Corfe Castle, the stunning Studland beach and Swanage Railway are all great local attractions within a few miles of the town. You are also on the Jurassic Coast, with dozens of walks to help you work off the obligatory tea and cake from the local cafes…and maybe the odd pint of cider from the local pubs.

Timehop moment

The two pillars in this week’s Timehop photo are made of Purbeck stone, which has been quarried on the Isle of Purbeck since Roman times. They look a bit out of place and rightly so as they were actually taken from a building in London that was demolished. They made it back to Swanage as ballast onboard ships coming to collect new stone.
I don’t think Mr TB and I had any idea of that at the time. It just seemed like a nice place to have our photo taken. Bad travellers! But check out the amazing weather. It doesn’t always rain during UK staycations!

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