The Month of May is here and another destination ticked of the South West Calendar. This was the first outing in Disco Doris that we would be able to use the roof top tent by Ventura Roof Tents, the two night trip would see us camp at Durdle Door Holiday Park .
After a scorching Easter bank Holiday weekend how things can change in the UK very quickly, the Temperature was down but at least when the sun was popping its head out from behind the clouds it felt pleasantly warm.
With camp set up we set off to the beach, a bit of advice here it is a steep and long decent with loose gravel underfoot but its worth it ,just remember you have to walk back up.
The sea looked so beautiful and warm but i can assure you it was far from tropical as Lily found out after getting in up to her waist …..yes still with her cloths on.
We decide to go back to the campsite, back up the hill this time and yes its harder going up than down, we got ready and went for food at the Man o War which is the campsite Bar and Restaurant its more of a Pub food eatery but is was Ok good service and the food was great and a bonus they have Thatchers Gold on tap.
After a good nights sleep which was chilly but once we were snuggled up in our sleeping bags the roof tent was a nice cosy room that kept us safe from Lions and Tigers ;). After waiting for Lily to get up we showered etc in the the clean shower block, we ate our bacon and scrambled egg breakfast and then set off for Lulworth Cove .
Lulworth Cove is about a 20 min walk its basically you guessed it ,a hill walk but its fine but not suitable for wheel chairs.
Being a Bank Holiday weekend it was very busy which can make getting fish and chips difficult with a waiting time of 20-30 min just bear this in mind.
After half a day of walking around Lulworth we set back to camp with someone nearly giving up on the hill with only 10 meters to go.
The final day arrived so we packed up camp and set off for Tyneham village.
The village and 7,500 acres of surrounding heathland and chalk downland around the Purbeck Hills, were requisitioned just before Christmas 1943 by the then War Office (now MoD) for use as firing ranges for training troops. 225 people were displaced, the last person leaving a poignant notice on the church door:
Please treat the church and houses with care; we have given up our homes where many of us lived for generations to help win the war to keep men free. We shall return one day and thank you for treating the village kindly.
This measure was supposed to be temporary for the duration of World War II, but in 1948 the Army placed a compulsory purchase order on the land and it has remained in use for military training ever since.
The Church was saved but the Army did not read all of the note in regards to the houses, its a very similar place to Imber village on Salisbury Plain.
Back on the road we made a short drive to Monkey World this is a place i would suggest a visit.
Next port of call Bovington Tank Museum what can I say super place to go, it has changed a lot since my last visit in the 90’s when i was a member of the 9/12 Royal Lancers the creme of the British Army.
The Tank Museum Is a great place to go even Lily enjoy it…….but not as much as Monkey World , we had a great weekend away, you don’t need to go away aboard all the time the UK has so much to offer which i hope to show and give people ideas for days or longer adventures.