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Belinda and Mike - follow our tourist travels in the UK

Dorset Holiday July 2005 - page 2

A self-catering holiday cottage at Winterbourne Abbas was our Dorset touring base and from there we went to admire the Cerne Abbas Giant ancient hillside monument, then going car-free from the cottage we walked up to Hardy's Monument.  As well as cooking in, we enjoyed an evening meal at the local pub, the Coach and Horses.
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Dorset 1 | Dorset 2 | Dorset 3

Outside view of the Dorset holiday cottage
Our Dorset holiday cottage was a barn conversion which seems to be very common in the West Country.  Ours was near Winterbourne Abbas.

Preparing dinner in the holiday cottage in Dorset
The cottage had a fairly spacious open plan type lounge/kitchen adequately equipped for self-catering for the week with fridge freezer, microwave/grill and...

Enjoying dinner and cider in the Dorset holiday cottage
...a tiny TV at the end of the sofa which we couldn't easily see from the small dining table.  Here's us enjoying a meal we knocked up in the holiday cottage, washed down with some of that lovely Dorset cider we picked up the other day!  Mmmm.

The Cerne Abbas Giant viewpoint in Dorset
On day 3 we visited the Cerne Abbas Giant, an ancient hill figure cut into the chalk hillside.

The Cerne Abbas Giant on the Dorset hillside
Dorset's Cerne Abbas Giant is famous for a certain prominent feature, something to do with male fertility and no doubt the subject of many schoolboy sniggers!

Resting awhile above Cerne Abbas
We took a walk high up on the hillside above Cerne Abbas; Mike advised that we were 227 meters above sea level, another fact derived from the handheld Sat Nav (our new toy at the time!).  We've written a review of our Sat Nav receiver here which covers just about all our experiences with it on our travels in Dorset.

A prickly shortcut!
On the way down from the Cerne Abbas Giant (or called the 'Rude Man') Belinda decided a detour through loads of stinging nettles, prickly vegetation and nasty biting insects would be a good idea - our uncovered legs were not a pretty sight afterwards!

Picnic lunch on the way to Hardy's Monument
Two walks in one day can't be bad; in the afternoon we walked the few miles from the Dorset holiday cottage along part of the Jubilee Trail to visit Hardy's Monument.  On the way we stopped to eat our picnic lunch at this handy log with the monument just visible in the background (if you look carefully).  The Jubilee Trail runs for 90 miles across Dorset and was almost 10 years old at the time we walked our small part of it.

Dorset's Hardy's Monument in the distance
Hardy's Monument didn't seem to loom any nearer as we walked.  The monument was constructed in 1844 as a memorial to Sir Thomas Hardy, Nelson's right hand man on HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.  Relevant Dorset links in our UK tourist resources.

Cool in the wood along the Jubilee Trail in Dorset
It was good to get some shelter in this wood from the blazing hot sun while walking along the Jubilee Trail.

Hardy's Monument in Dorset
Phew, wot a scorcher!  Time to rest awhile at Hardy's Monument before the return trek.  Check out our Dorset holiday video clips.

Underneath Hardy's Monument
From Hardy's Monument we could just about see the holiday cottage through the heat haze, and some wonderful views across the Dorset countryside.  Now we had to face the sweaty return trek through the 30 heat.  We used the Sat Nav to retrace our trail and it got us back to the cottage without problem, phew!

The Coach and Horses in Winterbourne Abbas, Dorset
Just up the road from our Dorset holiday cottage was the Coach and Horses in Winterbourne Abbas which we visited on several evenings; er, well three actually!  We always like to support the local economy on our holidays - and enjoy some excellent meals too...

Meal at the Coach and Horses, Winterbourne Abbas, Dorset
...and on this occasion we tried the scrumptious steak.  We found the Coach and Horses on our first evening in Dorset, and enjoyed the carvery then.  Well, our Dorset holiday continues with visits to Lyme Regis, the Jurassic Coast and Dorchester >>>

In the West Country we've also holidayed in Somerset, Cornwall and Devon and visited other monuments in the Cotswolds and Wiltshire.
We took another Dorset cottage holiday and visited more attractions in 2016.