Blown Away At Old Harry Rocks
We have just got back from a brilliant half-term holiday in Purbeck. After six weeks of school, James was ready for a break and, as ever, top of his list was a trip to the beach. Our first day was spent around Studland Bay, a beautiful, curving bay of soft sand with stunning views out to the Isle of Wight and Old Harry Rocks.
After we’d spent a while building a sandcastle and dug what was possibly the longest channel in the history of the world to connect our moat to the sea, it was time for a walk. The walk from the beach to Old Harry Rocks was pleasant and, at about a mile and a half in length, was great for little legs. We were nearly blown away at Old Harry – not only were the views superb, but it was very windy!
Our walk took us part Fort Henry, a bunker from the Second World War. Ian and I enjoyed reading about its history, as it was used in the training exercises leading up to D-Day. James loved the echoes as he ran from one end of the bunker to the other.
I lifted him up to see the view. “Wowwww!” he said, as he peered through the viewing slit. “You can see the whole world! You can even see my sandcastle!”
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About Me & Mine
Hi there! Helen and Ian here from the Oxfordshire-Wiltshire border! We have two boys who love everything in the Great Outdoors (especially sticks), and a border collie who also loves everything in the Great Outdoors (especially tennis balls). We also have a toddler daughter who is fiercely independent and proving to be just as intrepid as her brothers.
Favourite place in the world:
A difficult one... There are so many wonderful places to choose from... But it has to be Sandwood Bay in the far north-west of Scotland which can only be reached by a 4-mile walk. Last time we went it was a full-on winter mountaineering experience (with ice axe and crampons!) just to get there. Wild and windswept, it's totally unspoilt.
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Enjoy beaches, woods, and coastal paths; explore waterways in our open canoe; go for a big day out on a small hill; go rock climbing; collect sticks, conkers, and acorns; investigate puddles and rockpools; ride our tandem; fly a kite against a clear blue sky.