Sometimes you don’t have to go far to feel like you have taken a trip or gone on holiday, sometimes it can be right there on your doorstep! I have lived in the Bournemouth area for 18 years now and I still find new things to do and discover in the local area.
Courtesy of City Cruises in Poole I was able to go on a trip recently that I had not yet done, I have driven over to the Purbecks many times and spent lots of time in the Swanage Area, however I had not had the pleasure of seeing it by boat and then to take a steam train through the Purbecks to the village of Corfe where you can find Corfe Castle.
We took the trip down to Poole Quay for the 10.30am crossing with @citycruisespoole which was a very easy setup, what we loved about this trip is that it is also very Dog Friendly, so you can take your Furriest member of the family along with you too! Our dog Alfie was made most welcome by the friendly crew members and got lots of fuss on route!
The trip took approximately an hour from Poole Harbour to Swanage Pier and you were guided through various attractions such as Brownsea Island, Sandbanks and Old Harry Rocks. It was also very interesting to learn a bit more of the history of the area, some of it I was aware of but some of it I was not, so it was very informative!
On board there are clean Toilet facilities, a bar on the lower deck serving snacks, soft drinks and Alcohol. There is a top deck for sunning yourself when weather permitting, a lower outside deck and an indoors section if you prefer to stay inside. Dogs are allowed in all areas of the boat.
We arrived in Swanage with an hour or so to go before getting on the Steam Train at Swanage Railway station, which is about a 10/15 minute walk from Swanage Pier. It is best to download the times of the steam trains on to your phone in advance so you can decide which one you wish to take.
Swanage is a very pretty coastal town, which has lots of nice walks and boat trips you can do. There are many cafés, pubs and shops to keep you entertained for a day out. There is also a small sandy beach and a few arcades to keep the kids happy!
The Steam train is so much fun! I do recommend you do this when coming to the area, again it is very dog friendly!
The train station, station master, train drivers and the trains themselves transport you back to the 19th Century, you really do feel like you have been taken back in time. The station itself first opened in 1885 and it has been designed to still make you feel that you are in that era!
The train journey takes you through some beautiful countryside and through some pretty train stations including stunning views of the iconic remains of William the Conqueror’s Corfe Castle.
Inside the train is very nostalgic, with private cabins and outside walkways, just how you would expect an old fashioned train to look like. It was fun to hang out the windows and watch the steam plummet through the fields!
Once in Corfe the platform experience was just as spectacular, very pretty and nostalgic with the station master dressed up in the customary outfit.
Corfe Castle and the surrounding area is very picturesque with the pretty village sitting below the ruins that are perched high on the hill, you can wonder around the gifts shops, cafes and pubs, or go up to visit the ruins of the castle which was built by William the Conqueror, and dates back to the 11th century.
After a lovely few hours spent in Corfe we headed back the way we came and caught the boat back to Poole.
I recommend where ever you live exploring the area and being a tourist for the day, I am sure wherever you are based there are places to explore, probably that you didn’t even know existed if you do your research!
We had a fun day out thanks to City Cruises Poole and recommend that you check out their website at http://www.citycruisespoole.com/ and browse the various trips they do from the Sea Train Adventure that we did to the Fireworks cruise held in the summer months. There is something for everyone!