Category:Beaches of Dorset
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The following 23 pages are in this category, out of 23 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 23 pages are in this category, out of 23 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Bournemouth – Bournemouth /ˈbɔːrnməθ/ is a large coastal resort town on the south coast of England directly to the east of the Jurassic Coast, a 96-mile World Heritage Site. According to the 2011 census, the town has a population of 183,491 making it the largest settlement in Dorset. With Poole to the west and Christchurch in the east, Bournemouth forms the South East Dorset conurbation, before it was founded in 1810 by Lewis Tregonwell, the area was a deserted heathland occasionally visited by fishermen and smugglers. Initially marketed as a resort, the town received a boost when it appeared in Dr Granvilles book. Bournemouths growth really accelerated with the arrival of the railway and it became a town in 1870. Historically part of Hampshire, it joined Dorset with the reorganisation of government in 1974. Since 1997, the town has been administered by a unitary authority, the local council is Bournemouth Borough Council. The town centre has notable Victorian architecture and the 202-foot spire of St Peters Church, Bournemouths location has made it a popular destination for tourists, attracting over five million visitors annually with its beaches and popular nightlife. The town is also a centre of business, home of the Bournemouth International Centre or BIC. The word bourne, meaning a stream, is a derivative of burna. A travel guide published in 1831 calls the place Bourne Cliffe or Tregonwells Bourne after its founder, the Spas of England, published ten years later, calls it simply Bourne as does an 1838 edition of the Hampshire Advertiser. In the late 19th century Bournemouth became predominant, although its two-word form appears to have remained in use up until at least the early 20th century, in the 12th century the region around the mouth of the River Bourne was part of the Hundred of Holdenhurst. Although the Dorset and Hampshire region surrounding it had been the site of settlement for thousands of years, Westover was largely a remote. In 1574 the Earl of Southampton noted that the area was Devoid of all habitation, on this barren and uncultivated heath there was not a human to direct us. Bronze Age burials near Moordown, and the discovery of Iron Age pottery on the East Cliff in 1969, Hengistbury Head, added to the borough in 1932, was the site of a much older Palaeolithic encampment. No-one lived at the mouth of the Bourne river and the regular visitors to the area before the 19th century were a few fishermen, turf cutters. Prior to the Christchurch Inclosures Act 1802, more than 70% of the Westover area was common land, in 1809 the Tapps Arms public house appeared on the heath. A few years later, in 1812, the first official residents, retired army officer Lewis Tregonwell and his wife, the area was well known to Tregonwell who, during the Napoleonic wars, spent much of his time searching the heath and coastline for French invaders and smugglers
2. Bowleaze Cove – Bowleaze Cove is a small sand and shingle beach, near the village of Preston, just to the northeast of Weymouth, Dorset, England. The cove is on the Jurassic Coast and is known for its geology, the beach is made up of mainly shingle and shell with some sandy areas. It is a family beach during the summer season and has a slipway for launching small craft. There are rock pools to explore at low tide and a small pier dividing the beach near to where the River Jordan flows out onto the beach and it is often a mark for anglers during late evening especially further along the beach heading towards Overcombe. At Bowleaze are the Fantasy Island Funfair, a takeaway, during the warmer months from Easter onwards every Monday there is a market and car boot sale based in the car parking areas. Bowleaze Cove provides excellent views over Weymouth and during the weeks of the summer the weekly Weymouth firework displays can be seen from here. A Roman temple remains are located on Jordan Hill, leading down to Bowleaze, just to the west is Furzy Cliff. There is a cliff walk from Bowleaze passing the Broadrock cliffs, Redcliff Point. The hill figure of the Osmington White Horse can also be seen from the area, the cove is dominated by the Riviera Hotel. This Grade II listed Spanish-style 1940s building was formerly a Pontins, in November 2009 the hotel was sold for a reported £3.5 million to Saudi Arabian investors. It has undergone a £4 million refit and is due to reopen in the spring of 2012, in 1816–17, the artist John Constable painted Weymouth Bay, Bowleaze Cove and Jordon Hill while on his honeymoon. The painting is now in the National Gallery, London, List of Dorset beaches List of places on the Jurassic Coast Greenhill, Dorset Pictures of Bowleaze
3. Burton Bradstock – Burton Bradstock is a village and civil parish in West Dorset, England, situated approximately 2.5 miles southeast of Bridport and 0.5 miles inland from the English Channel at Chesil Beach. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 948, Burton Bradstock village lies in the Bride Valley, close to the mouth of the small River Bride. The church dates largely from the late 14th or early 15th century, the name Burton Bradstock derives from Brideton and Bradenstock, the latter referring to the Wiltshire abbey which once owned the village. In the Domesday Book of 1086 it was recorded as Bridetone and had 28.7 households, Burton Bradstock lies on Dorsets Jurassic Coast, which in the vicinity of the village comprises vertical cliffs up to 45 metres high. Near the top of cliffs is a layer of Inferior Oolite. Rockfalls result in these being accessible to fossil hunters on the beach beneath, at Hive Beach there is a gap in the cliffs, the National Trust own the land here, and provide a car park. There is a yearly Spring Tide Festival on the beach, the village has several local footpaths including one to the beach and the coastpath to West Bay. The musician Billy Bragg lives in the village, Burton Bradstock Online - Community Website
4. Castle Cove, Weymouth – Castle Cove, also locally known as Sandsfoot Cove, is a small secluded sandy beach to the west of Weymouth, in Dorset, southern England. It is found within the village of Wyke Regis, and close to Sandsfoot Castle - one of Henry VIIIs Device Forts, built around 1541 opposite its contemporary Portland Castle to protect Portland Harbour. The beach is owned, but has remained open to the public until recent years following the removal of steps leading to the cove following unstable movements within the land. The usually quiet and uncrowded beach has remained a favourite spot for swimming, sailing, snorkelling and diving. The club has over 450 memberships, a refreshment kiosk had been on the site since 1947. During the 21st century, a fast food outlet was opened on the beach, planning permission had also been granted for eight beach huts to be built on the beach, before lapsing in mid-2012. Eventually the owner, who ran The Shack cafe for 18 months, in July 2012, Castle Cove was auctioned at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton, and sold for £90,500 – thousands of pounds over its original guide price of £65,000 to £75,000. This bidding war was due to the potential of premium views of the sailing events of the 2012 Summer Olympics. We know people are passionate about this beach and we are too. Launched on 22 March 2014, the petition had attracted over 1700 signatures, including almost 800 online, List of places on the Jurassic Coast List of Dorset beaches
5. Charmouth – Charmouth is a village and civil parish at the mouth of the River Char in West Dorset, England. Dorset County Council estimate that in 2013 the population of the parish was 1,310. In the 2011 census the population of the parish, combined with the parish of Catherston Leweston to the north, was 1,352. The history of Charmouth dates back to the Iron Age when a Celtic tribe, evidence of hill forts can still be seen in the area. The name Charmouth originated from the Saxon Cerne meaning stony river, historian George Roberts wrote, During the Saxon period, the neighbouring coast was particularly subject to the invasions of the Danes, concerning whom so much has been written. In 787, the Danes, Northern men, or Normans, a. D.833, according to the Saxon Chronicle, though some of our historians place the event in 831 or 832, a dreadful battle was fought at Charmouth. The Danes having met with repulses in other parts of the kingdom sailed to Charmouth where having landed, Speed says, they made cruel ravage and slaughter. Their fleet consisted of 35 ships, containing a powerful army, their force, Huntingdon remarks, must have amounted to 17,500 men. Egbert collected the whole force of the county, and marched to attack them, after they had continued their ravages, according to Matthew of Westminster, about a twelve month. The king had nearly succeeded in cutting them off as they were forming, he threw them into great confusion, the Saxons were routed, the night alone prevented their destruction by the infuriated invaders, by the favour of which, Speed says, the king hardly escaped. Among the number of the slain were two earls, his officers, Dudda and Osmond, Wigen, bishop of Sherborne. The Danes, finding a settlement would be liable to the attacks of the brave Egbert, retired to their ships with precipitation and they continued to hover about the coast. In 840, they effected a landing on the same spot, a successive series of invasions followed. In 1086 in the Domesday Book Charmouth was recorded as Cernemude and it was in Whitchurch Canonicorum Hundred and the tenant-in-chief was Count Robert of Mortain. A small trading ship was bound for St Malo. On the following day Charles left Charmouth pursued by troops, who were alerted to his presence by an employee of the inn. The buildings on either side of Charmouths main street vary in age, some of the cottages date from the 17th or 18th centuries. A number of buildings in the village have listed building status, abbots House is a grade II listed, early 16th-century house that was re-faced in the 18th century
6. Chesil Beach – Chesil Beach /ˈtʃɛzᵻl/, sometimes called Chesil Bank, in Dorset, southern England is one of three major shingle structures in Britain. Its toponym is derived from the Old English ceosel or cisel, the shingle beach is 29 kilometres long,200 metres wide and 15 metres high. The beach and the Fleet are part of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at the eastern end of the beach at the village of Chiswell, against the cliffs of the Isle of Portland, the beach curves round sharply to form Chesil Cove. This part of the beach protects the village from flooding. The beach has been the scene of many shipwrecks, and as such was named by Thomas Hardy as Dead Mans Bay, westwards the shingle forms a straight line along the coast, enclosing the Fleet, a shallow tidal lagoon. The beach provides shelter from the winds and waves for the town of Weymouth. It is said that smugglers who landed on the beach in the middle of the night could judge exactly where they were by the size of the shingle, there are three owners of the beach. The Crown Estates own the beach from Portland to its boundary stone at Littlesea, finally from West Bexington to West Bay it is owned by the National Trust. The whole of Chesil Beach south from the Portland Bound Stone is registered common land over which there is a right of access on foot. The origin of Chesil Beach has been argued over for some time, originally it was believed that beach material was from the Budleigh Salterton pebble beds to the west and later from Portland to the south east. Normally, tombolos are created due to the effects of the island on waves and to sediment transport, fossils occur all along the landward shore of the Fleet and along the landward side of Chesil Beach from Abbotsbury to West Bay. The main site is at Burton Bradstock, there have been many shipwrecks on Chesil Beach, particularly during the age of sail. The beach was particularly dangerous within the English Channel, as it forms an extended lee shore during south-westerly gales, a ship coming up the Channel had to clear Portland Bill to be safe, but the wind and tide would be pushing it northwards into Lyme Bay. At present there are no manned stations along the beach, as coverage is provided when required from Portland Coastguard, the local fishermen, particularly at Portland, developed a purpose-built vessel to withstand the sea actions of Chesil Beach. The boat, known as a Lerret, is an open fishing boat - 16–17 feet long - used for seine net fishing. It is usually rowed by four people with a fifth to steer, much of the villages Fleet and Chiswell were destroyed in the Great Storm of 1824. Over the centuries Chiswell had battled with the sea and was flooded during rough winter storms. In the storms the sea would pour through the part of the bank
7. Chesil Cove – Chesil Cove is a cove situated at the most southerly part of the 29-kilometre long Chesil Beach in Dorset, England. Chesil Beach itself is one of three major structures in Britain, extending from West Bay to Portland, the latter acting as a large groyne holding the beach in place. It also provides shelter from the winds and waves for the town of Weymouth. Chesil Beach, and the cove, have seen cases of shipwrecks, more so than most other parts of the British coast. Chesil Beach became infamously known as Deadmans Bay, taken after the name Thomas Hardy gave West Bay, including Chesil Cove, the local fishermen, particularly at Portland, developed a purpose-built vessel to withstand the sea actions at Chesil Beach. The boat, known as a Lerret, is an open fishing boat. The 18th-century public house The Cove House Inn remains one of Portlands most popular pubs and is Grade II Listed, despite its particularly vulnerable position on the beach, the pub was a survivor of the Great Storm of 1824. Despite its vulnerability to sea storms and flooding, Chiswell continued to develop into a thriving community, one of the best-documented incidents of flooding occurred in the Great Storm of 1824. The storm saw the death of thirty residents, the destruction of eighty houses, the construction of a sea wall finally commenced in 1958, and work on this scheme continued until 1965. The wall extended from the far end of Chesil Cove, at West Weares, a promenade was laid-out on top of the wall, and this became a popular attraction. Despite the sea wall proving a worthy defence, incidents of flooding were not a thing of the past. During December 1978 and February 1979, two storms caused further devastation to Chiswell. The flooding led to further defence installations during the 1980s, during January–February 2014, violent storms across the south-west of England caused more flooding in the village, which received a lot of national and international attention. Chesil Cove is a site for scuba divers. It has become one of the best known shore dives in the UK, the cove is a reasonably shallow shore dive, and has an interesting selection of south coast marine life, as well as an abundance of flora and fauna. Although there have been many shipwrecks in the cove, few significant divable remains exist close to the due to its exposure to strong waves. Through fishing, the beach provided the main occupation for the villagers of Chiswell, the beach is still used by sea anglers and the British record for shore-captured shore rockling was set there in 1992. Recreational fishing is a pastime at the cove
8. Church Ope Cove – Church Ope Cove is a small secluded beach on the sheltered eastern side of the Isle of Portland in Dorset, southern England. It is found close to the village of Wakeham, the beach has many unusual features for the Isle of Portland. The beach used to be sandy, but quarry debris now covers the sand, the pebbles cover a small stream which runs to the sea, which is one of the few active streams remaining on the Isle of Portland. In 789 AD, the first recorded Viking attack within British Isles, including Ireland and it is believed that Church Ope Cove was the location. The exposed location was later defended by the Norman 12th-century Rufus Castle, the remaining castle seen today dates from the late 15th-century. The coves area was used for the building of Portlands first parish church, St Andrews Church. Between 1797-1800, John Penn, Governor of Portland and grandson of William Penn, during the early 19th-century he had a bath built below the gardens of his castle, known as John Penns Bath. However, when it was completed, the Court Leet demanded a rent for its use after it was built on Common Land. Penn refused to pay, and the bath was abandoned, with the still in existence today. Penns servants would have been tasked with bringing water up from the cove to the bath, Portland had a large history of smuggling, and Church Ope Cove was one of the famous smuggling beaches. Into the 20th-century, fishing was still an industry that used the beach for the launching of boats, for decades, an old rusting hand winch has been left lying on the beach, and is a reminder of the fishing trade. As part of the anti-invasion measures during World War II, two pillboxes were constructed to look over Church Ope Cove, a minefield was also placed at the back of the cove. The beach is one of the few beaches on Portland, as the fishing industry declined, the cove became a favourite sheltered beach for swimming and today continues to be popular for fishing, snorkelling and swimming. The beach provides diving access to the wrecks in the surrounding waters too. To access the beach there are two paths, the main path follows the road past Portland Museum and leads under the arch bridge of Rufus Castle, then down concrete steps to the cove. These were laid out by the council in 1906, at a time when the beach was becoming increasingly popular as a recreational area. The view point above the steps, looking down on the cove, is part of the coastal path. The Jurassic Coast stretches over a distance of 155 kilometres, from Orcombe Point near Exmouth, in the west, to Old Harry Rocks on the Isle of Purbeck, in the east
9. Greenhill, Dorset – Greenhill is a suburb to the northeast of Weymouth in Dorset, England, with a sand and shingle beach. The A353 road, locally known as Greenhill, runs parallel, to the northeast it becomes Preston Road, leading to the village of Preston. Also to the northeast along the coast are Furzy Cliff, Jordan Hill, to the southwest is the sandy Weymouth Beach and seaward is Weymouth Bay. List of Dorset beaches List of places on the Jurassic Coast Media related to Greenhill, Dorset at Wikimedia Commons Map sources for Greenhill, Dorset
10. Kimmeridge Ledges – Kimmeridge is a small village and civil parish on the Isle of Purbeck, a peninsula on the English Channel coast in Dorset, England. It is situated about 4.5 miles south of Wareham and 7 miles west of Swanage, in 2013 the estimated population of the civil parish was 90. Kimmeridge is a parish and its coastline forms part of the Jurassic Coast. The coast is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Kimmeridge is the locality for Kimmeridge clay, the geological formation that covers most of the parish. Within the clay are bands of shale, which in the history of the village have been the focus of several attempts to create an industrial centre. An oil well has operated on the shore of Kimmeridge Bay since 1959, the roughly semi-circular Kimmeridge Bay is southwest of Kimmeridge village. It is backed by low cliffs of Kimmeridge clay, and beneath the cliffs is a large wave-cut platform, Kimmeridge Bay is a surfer and diver area. The Romans also used the shale as fuel for boiling sea water to produce salt, in the medieval period there were three settlements within the parish, Kimmeridge, Little Kimmeridge and Smedmore. These each had their own strip of land stretching between the coast and Smedmore Hill. Only Kimmeridge survives as a settlement of any size, in the mid 16th century Lord Mountjoy attempted to make alum here and acquired a patent to do so, though the enterprise was unsuccessful. In the first half of the 17th century Sir William Clavell made several efforts to turn Kimmeridge into an industrial venture. He tried boiling seawater to make salt, using the shale as fuel like the Romans had done, Clavell took legal action but was unsuccessful. Clavell had Smedmore House built less than a mile south-east of Kimmeridge village, referring to it as his little newe House, previously Clavell lived at Barnston Manor, near the neighbouring village of Church Knowle. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution stationed a lifeboat at Kimmeridge in 1868, in 1959 an oil well was installed above the cliffs west of Gaulter Gap, overlooking Kimmeridge Bay. In the United Kingdom national parliament, Kimmeridge is in the South Dorset parliamentary constituency which is represented by Richard Drax of the Conservative party. For electoral purposes there are 24 electoral wards in the constituency, in local government Kimmeridge is governed by Dorset County Council at the highest tier, Purbeck District Council at the middle tier, and Kimmeridge Parish Meeting at the lowest tier. In county council elections Kimmeridge is within the Purbeck Hills Electoral Division, measured directly it is about 7 miles west of Swanage,4.5 miles south of Wareham and 15 miles east of Weymouth
11. Little Beach, Portland – Little Beach is a small secluded beach on the eastern side of the Isle of Portland, Dorset, England, part of the Jurassic Coast. It is found at East Weares, below Grove Point, and is found in proximity of the two Salt Pans. The East Weares area, including Little Beach, has been labelled a Site of Special Scientific Interest, largely due to the surrounding scrub, along with Church Ope Cove further south along the eastern side of Portland, Little Beach is one of the few beaches on Portland. However unlike Church Ope, Little Beach is often undisturbed, as part of the anti-invasion measures during World War II, a minefield was placed above Little Beach, amongst other sites across East Weares. It formed part of the Isle of Portland Defences and Dorset Coastal Defences and was out in 1940-41. Little Beach can be reached via a pathway veering off the coastal path of the East Weares area. A similar pathway further north links to the Salt Pans, the beach can also be reached via the coastline edge as well
12. Lyme Regis – Lyme Regis /ˌlaɪmˈriːdʒɪs/ is a coastal town in West Dorset, England, situated 25 miles west of Dorchester and 25 miles east of Exeter. The town lies in Lyme Bay, on the English Channel coast at the Dorset–Devon border and it is nicknamed The Pearl of Dorset. The town is noted for the found in the cliffs and beaches. The town was home to Admiral Sir George Somers, its one-time mayor and he founded the English colonial settlement of the Somers Isles, better known as Bermuda. Lyme Regis is twinned with St. Georges, Bermuda, in July 2015 Lyme Regis was also tripled with Jamestown, Virginia to form the Historic Atlantic Triangle between Lyme, St Georges and Jamestown. In the 2011 Census the towns parish and the ward had a population of 3,671. In Saxon times, the abbots of Sherborne Abbey had salt-boiling rights on land adjacent to the River Lym, Lyme is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. In the 13th century, it developed as one of the major British ports, a Royal Charter was granted by King Edward I in 1284 when Regis was added to the towns name. The charter was confirmed by Queen Elizabeth I in 1591, John Leland visited the town in the 16th century and described it as a praty market town set in the rootes of an high rokky hille down to the hard shore. There cummith a shalow broke from the hilles about a three miles by north, and cummith fleting on great stones through a bridge in the botom. In 1644, during the English Civil War, Parliamentarians withstood a siege of the town by Royalist forces under Prince Maurice. The Duke of Monmouth landed at Lyme Regis at start of the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685, on New Years Day,1915, the H. M. S. Formidable was torpedoed, the first major U-boat loss of World War I, a local lifeboat delivered bodies to the Pilot Boat Inn on Bridge Street. Lassie, the dog of the Inns owner, licked the face of Seaman Cowan, believed dead, the namesake of the cross-breed became a legend of books, radio, film and television. In 1965, the railway station was closed, in the Beeching Axe. The station was dismantled and rebuilt at Alresford, on the Mid Hants Watercress Railway in Hampshire, the route to Lyme Regis was notable for being operated by aged Victorian locomotives. One of these Adams Radial Tank engines is now preserved on the Bluebell Railway in Sussex, West Country Class steam locomotive No.34009 was named Lyme Regis after the town. In 2005, as part of the bicentenary of Admiral Nelsons victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, the actor playing the part of Trafalgar messenger Lieutenant Lapenotiere was welcomed at Lyme Regis
13. Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis – Monmouth Beach is a pebble and rock beach stretching approximately 1 mile from Lyme Regiss harbour, the Cobb, to Pinhay Bay. It is part of the Jurassic Coast, situated below Ware Cliffs, and is constructed of a bay, Monmouth beach is so named because the Duke of Monmouth landed there in 1685 during his attempt to take the crown from King James II. Following the defeat of the Duke of Monmouth, twelve locals were hanged on the beach on the order of the notorious “Hanging Judge” Jeffreys, the cliffs are estimated to be 199-189 million years old. Monmouth Beach Website Lyme Regis Website The National Trust Jurassic Coast Webpage
14. Newton's Cove – Newtons Cove is a small cove with sand, shingle and rock pools,0.5 kilometres south of Weymouth, Dorset, England, overlooking Portland Harbour and next to the Nothe Fort. The beach is used by locals and by tourists who visit the Nothe Gardens. In 2009, a new bridge was constructed either side of Newtons Road. The new bridge was designed by artist Chris Tipping, who collaborated with the council’s engineering, in 2011, Dorset Wildlife Trust organised an event based in the cove as part of their three-year investigation, which is termed the Welly Zone. The results were indications of change as various shells were found seemingly expanding their region along the South West coast, whilst presence of Asia native wireweed was also discovered. In 2003 a £1.95 million scheme was devised to protect residential property in the area, originally damaged from the tide, a new sea wall now provides accessible public right of way. The coves main walls were shaped and curved in two planes and faced in local Portland stone, afterwards, the area was further enhanced by using architectural lighting and landscape planting to strengthen a contemporary and continental feel for warm summer evening promenading. The judges of the scheme had stated This scheme represents an important contribution to the defence of the sea wall in Weymouth. But more than that, it is an excellent example of a promenade with a corniche atmosphere. As a result of the success, Newtons Cove Coast Protection Scheme was the 2004 finalist in the Prime Ministers better public buildings awards. List of Dorset beaches Jurassic Coast bettterpublicbuildings. gov. uk
15. Sandbanks – Sandbanks is a small peninsula or spit crossing the mouth of Poole Harbour on the English Channel coast at Poole in Dorset, England. It is well known for the highly regarded Sandbanks Beach and property value, Sandbanks has, by area, the Sandbanks and Canford Cliffs Coastline area has been dubbed as Britains Palm Beach by the national media. Sandbanks is connected to Studland by a ferry, the Sandbanks Ferry. The Sandbanks area of Poole Harbour is widely used for water sports, the north side is home to the Southern Headquarters of the Royal Yachting Association and an international sailing school. Views to the north extend across Poole Harbour and to Poole, to the south views extend across the English Channel and to the world heritage coastline of Studland and Swanage in the west. There are exclusive homes both on Sandbanks and across the region, stretching east from the Harbour to The Avenue. The adjacent areas of Lilliput, Branksome Park and Canford Cliffs, in 2005 a modest bungalow on the peninsula sold for three million pounds, despite its state of disrepair. The same bungalow, in the condition, went on sale in 2007 for four million pounds. Sandbanks properties have been affected by the Financial crisis of 2007–2010. However, in July 2009 a 1, 393-square-metre empty plot of land on the peninsula was put up for sale for £13.5 million – the equivalent of nearly £10,000 per square metre. Sandbanks is home to three hotels, one of which is the historically important Haven Hotel, constructed in 1887 on the site of a hotel named the North Haven Inn which was built in 1838. The hotel was both the home and centre of wireless experiments by Guglielmo Marconi in the late 1890s, and was the place in the world to boast a permanent wireless station. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution stationed a lifeboat at Sandbanks in 1865, the crew had to travel from Poole in a horse-drawn carriage whenever it was launched so a new Poole Lifeboat Station was opened at Fishermans Dock on Poole Quay in 1882. Tony Pulis - Manager of West Bromwich Albion Graeme Souness - retired footballer and manager, now media commentator Harry Redknapp - former manager of Portsmouth F. C
16. Seatown – Seatown is a coastal hamlet in Dorset, England, sited on the English Channel approximately 3 miles westsouthwest of Bridport. It lies within the parish of Chideock in the West Dorset administrative district. The coast at Seatown is part of the Jurassic Coast, a heritage site stretching for 96 miles. The surrounding area is designated part of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast of England, Seatown comprises a small number of houses, a holiday park, some holiday cottages and The Anchor pub. The small River Winniford or Wynreford runs into the sea here, Seatown beach is popular with fossil collectors, with rock of Late Jurassic/Early Cretaceous. The beach is owned, it is free to access. Furmity—a mix of wheat, dried fruit and sugar, often with added spirits—was one of the products sold at a Whit Monday Fair which used to be held in Seatown. In Thomas Hardys novel The Mayor of Casterbridge, the character Michael Henchard got drunk on laced furmity, Dorset Beaches, West Dorset, Seatown Dorset Beaches
17. Studland – Studland is a village and civil parish on the Isle of Purbeck in the English county of Dorset. It is famous for its beaches and nature reserve, the parish includes Brownsea Island within the harbour. Studland is sited in the lee of Ballard Down, close to the east-facing Studland Bay, the beaches are named South Beach, Middle Beach and Knoll Beach, with another at Shell Bay to the north. Although a coastal village, the houses in Studland are mostly sited a few hundred metres inland and he noted that Studland had no pretence to a quay, but rather turns its face from the sea to bury it among its myrtles and fuchsia bushes. He lamented the arrival of tourists and the construction of villas in the village however, since Treves time the village has expanded with more buildings filling in gaps along its streets, much of the construction taking place in the early and mid 20th century, plus some more recently. Few ancient buildings remain in the village today, with the exception of the parish church. Close to the church is a modern Celtic cross, which was erected in 1976, Studland Bay is protected from the prevailing southwesterly winds and storms by Ballard Down and Handfast Point, the chalk headland that separates Studland from Swanage Bay to the south. The beaches at Studland Bay are amongst the most popular in the country, the South East Dorset Conurbation lies on the other side of Poole Harbour, resulting in the beaches being relatively accessible to a large population. North of the centre the beach and dunes are owned and managed by the National Trust. A short northern stretch of beach is reserved as a naturist beach, in January 2004 the BBC television series The National Trust investigated the conflicts between different groups of people who use the beach and heath at Studland. The final stage of the South West Coast Path follows Studland Bay and ends at South Haven Point, behind the sand dunes there is a large area of heathland, named Studland Heath to the north of the village and Godlingston Heath to the west. This area is owned and managed by the National Trust. Within Studland Heath is a freshwater lake called Little Sea, which was cut off from the sea by the development of the dunes. Studland and Godlingston Heath NNR has been a nature reserve since 1946, and the site is on English Natures list of Spotlight Reserves. The site is also a protected Site of Special Scientific Interest, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, part of the Purbeck Heritage Coast, standing on a mound on Godlingston Heath is the 17 ft high Agglestone Rock, estimated to weigh 400 tons. In truth, it is more likely part of a band of rocks that run across the whole of Godlingston Heath. The sandy earth was eroded around the rock and left it standing proud. Aggle was taken into the old Dorset dialect as meaning to wobble, in September 1970 the rock fell to one side, resulting in it losing its distinctive inverted-cone anvil appearance
18. Swanage – Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. It is situated at the end of the Isle of Purbeck. In the 2011 census the parish and two electoral wards had a population of 9,601. Nearby are Ballard Down and Old Harry Rocks, with Studland Bay, within the parish are Durlston Bay and Durlston Country Park to the south of the town. The parish also includes the areas of Herston, just to the west of the town, and Durlston, just to the south. The town, originally a port and fishing village, flourished in the Victorian era. During its history the bay was listed variously as Swanawic, Swanwich and Sandwich, the town is located at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site. The town contains many listed buildings and two conservation areas – Swanage Conservation Area and Herston Conservation Area, while fishing is likely the towns oldest industry, quarrying has been important to the town and the local area since at least the 1st century AD. During the time of the Roman occupation this industry grew, with the distinctive Purbeck marble being used for purposes in buildings as far away as London. When the Romans left Britain, quarrying largely ceased until the 12th century, the town is first mentioned in historical texts in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle of 877. A hundred Danish ships which had survived the battle were driven by a storm onto Peveril Point, a monument topped by cannonballs was built in 1882 by John Mowlem to celebrate this event and is situated at the southern end of the seafront promenade. In the 12th century demand for Purbeck Marble grew once again, while Purbeck marble is not suited to external use, as it does not weather well, it is however strong and suitably decorative for use as internal columns. As such the stone was used in the construction of large churches. In contrast to the decorative Purbeck marble, Purbeck limestone, or more commonly Purbeck stone, has used in construction locally since the early days of quarrying on Purbeck. Its use is well documented as it was taken for granted as the default construction materials in the area. However, the arrival of modern quarrying techniques in the 17th century resulted in an increase in production. The Great Fire of London in 1666 led to a period of reconstruction in the city. It was in time that stone first started being loaded upon ships directly from the Swanage seafront
19. West Bay, Dorset – The area is part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site. The previous main commercial trade of the harbour—exporting Bridports ropes and nets—declined in the half of the 19th century. When the railway arrived in 1884, attempts were made to provide the settlement with the facilities of a resort, Bridport historically needed a harbour to export its principal products, rope and nets. Originally the harbour was about 1 mile inland, close to the town, in 1388 John Huderesfeld, a local merchant, started building a new harbour and levied a toll on goods loaded and unloaded. The toll was a privilege granted to him for three years as a result of his petition that finishing the construction would not be possible without aid. After completion in 1395 a customs officer was employed full-time as trade grew and this is the site of the harbour as seen today. Two piers, extending as far as the low mark, were constructed to house the harbour. The river was diverted to run between the piers. The work cost £3,500 and was undertaken by John Reynolds of Cheshire and it was supposed to have taken only two years, but the new harbour didnt open officially until 1744. It could hold forty sailing ships, shipbuilding yards were set up west of the new harbour. They constructed a variety of vessels including frigates, cutters, schooners, brigantines, barques, the first registered launch was the 270 ton brig Adventurer in 1779, the last was the Lilian exactly a century later. The largest launch was the 1,002 ton Speedy in 1853, at one point the yards employed 300 men. In 1823, to further increases in trade, the basin of the harbour was enlarged eastwards. As well as exporting Bridports ropes, the harbour also imported raw materials such as gravel, coal, by 1830 over 500 vessels were using the harbour each year. Around 1865 the wooden piers were rebuilt in stone and the sluices were rebuilt, despite these improvements however, trade at the harbour had begun to decline. Bridports rope and nets were in demand, and sailing ships were being supplanted by steam-powered vessels. In addition, the Great Western Railways Bridport Railway had reached Bridport in 1857, the amount of harbour dues taken showed the extent of the decline, in 1881 they amounted to only 10% of those collected half a century before. The railway was extended from Bridport to Bridport Harbour in 1884, the railway company named the new harbour station West Bay, as part of an effort to rebrand the harbour as a resort
20. Weymouth Beach – Weymouth Beach is a gently curving arc of sand in Weymouth Bay, beside the town of Weymouth in Dorset, England. Immediately adjacent to the beach is The Esplanade, the beach is a popular destination for sea bathing, and was frequented by King George III during times of illness. The king named Weymouth his first resort and made bathing fashionable there, Weymouth Beach is very wide and gently sloping, with golden sand and shallow waters normally with small waves. In addition to bathing, the beach is used for beach motocross. The beach has the traditional attractions of an English seaside resort, including rides, Punch and Judy, sand sculptures, trampolines. At the southern end is Weymouth Pier, including the Pavilion Theatre, at the northeastern end is the suburb of Greenhill, with Furzy Cliff and Bowleaze Cove beyond that