Dorchester & Broadchurch's Jurassic Coast

Dorchester & Broadchurch's Jurassic Coast

This 6 day tour includes visits to Abbotsbury Swannery, Seaton Tramway & Jurassic Coast Boat Trip

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This 6 day tour includes visits to Abbotsbury Swannery, Seaton Tramway & Jurassic Coast Boat Trip

Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast is England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site and ranks among the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as one of the wonders of the natural world.

The 95 miles of coastline stretching from Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks in Studland Bay in Dorset is world renowned. Running from Exmouth in Devon to Lyme Regis in Dorset, this unspoilt stretch of coastline reveals a unique geological portrait of 185 million years of the Earth’s history sequentially exposed in dramatic cliffs, secluded caves, coastal stacks and barrier beaches. The Jurassic Coast is a 'Walk Through Time' - with its rocks and fossils we can uncover detailed stories from Earth’s ancient past. Through its landslides, cliffs and beaches we can learn about the natural processes that formed the coast and continue to shape the world today.

 

Abbotsbury Swannery

The 25 acre site of the Abbotsbury Swannery is the only place in the world where you can walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. During the nesting and hatching period (end May-end June), it is possible to be standing next to hatching eggs. On average, over 100 nests produce over 600 cygnets for visitors to literally walk amongst. The Swannery was established by Benedictine Monks who built a monastery at Abbotsbury during the 1040s. The monks farmed the swans to produce food for their lavish Dorset banquets. St Peter’s monastery was destroyed in 1539, during the dissolution. Some of the ruins are still visible around St Nicolas’ Church in the village.

 

Dorchester

Situated on the banks of the River Frome between Poole and Bridport, Dorchester is the county town of Dorset. This historic market town is world famous for its strong connection with the writer and poet Thomas Hardy. Dorchester is of course the ‘Casterbridge’ featured in his novels and you will find references to Hardy throughout the town. You can visit his cottage birthplace at nearby Higher Bockhampton and his sophisticated Victorian townhouse on the outskirts of town, Max Gate. Both properties are owned by the National Trust. There are plenty of other attractions in the town to see too including museums dedicated to Tutankhamun, Teddy Bears, Military History and more.

 

Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon's glorious Axe Valley, travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves and giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life. The coastal resort of Seaton is now a gateway town to the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Never ridden a tram before? Now's your chance! Seaton Tramway is a great day out like no other. Step back in time and experience the only way to travel. Open top double deckers for panoramic views of the estuary and enclosed saloons in wet weather.

Day 1

A morning departure as we head south via the motorway system to Taunton and then on via Yeovil to our hotel the George Albert, situated to the north of Dorchester. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 2

This morning we head to Swanage, once a small fishing village and now a popular seaside resort of Victorian vintage, time for coffee before we join a 2 hour cruise along some of the Jurassic coast, see Old Harry’s Rock, named after Poole’s notorious 14th century pirate and spectacular rock formations as we cruise along the English Channel. Dinner in the hotel tonight.

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Day 3

Our first stop today is the unique attraction of Abbotsbury Swannery, This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans, spread over a site of some 25 acres. The Swannery was established by Benedictine Monks who built a monastery at Abbotsbury during the 1040s. The monks farmed the swans to produce food for their lavish Dorset banquets. We spend the afternoon in the seaside resort of Weymouth, the sandy beach is dotted with colouful beach huts and backed by Georgian architecture and the harbour was used for the sailing events at the 2012 Olympics. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 4

After breakfast we head into Dorchester and its popular market, a town associated with the famous writer and poet Thomas Hardy who lived there and featured the area in many of his novels. On then to historic Shaftesbury, one of the oldest and highest towns in England with superb views of the surrounding countryside, a collection of fine historical buildings and its delightful cobbled ‘Gold Hill’, made famous by the Hovis bread advert.

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Day 5

This morning we head along the Jurassic Coast, England’s only Natural World Heritage Site, our first stop is West Bay, which you may recognise as Broadchurch from the ITV hit drama. We then continue to Seaton, home of the historic Tramway, we enjoy some free time before joining the tram for the 3 mile journey through the unspoilt scenery of the Axe Valley. Final dinner in the hotel.

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Day 6

We leave our hosts at the George Albert Hotel for our journey home to Cumbria, arriving home early evening.

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George Albert Hotel

 

The George Albert Hotel is a private, family owned hotel located in the rolling Dorset countryside, approximately 10 miles north of Dorchester. Offering all the modern facilities you would expect from a new hotel, it still retains a distinctive friendly atmosphere.

 

All areas of the hotel have easy access with no steps; a lift is available to access bedrooms all of which are located on the 1st floor. The hotel is fully air-conditioned with individual controls in each bedroom. The 39 bedrooms are designed with comfort in mind, offering spacious bathrooms (most with bath & shower), as well as ample storage for belongings. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.

 

With soft pillows and comfy beds, all of the rooms are en-suite, air conditioned and finished to a high standard. The modern décor and elegant furnishings have been chosen to create bright airy rooms, providing a high level of comfort with all the facilities you would expect from a new hotel. Each room comes with tea and coffee making facilities, wall mounted hairdryers, direct dial telephone and complementary internet access – together with 26 inch freeview flat screen television.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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