Monday, June 09, 2008

Corfe Castle by day and night

Today I headed down to Purbeck in Dorset to do some walking along the Jurassic Coast. I had booked a bed and breakfast place near Corfe Castle on the Internet before leaving Kuala Lumpur. It was only 40 pounds a night including breakfast – so I wasn’t expecting very much – but it turned out to be very comfortable and the breakfast was excellent. The place was called Kingston Country Courtyard and it was on the B3069 just outside Kingston Village, to the south-east of Corfe Castle. I had a ‘garden room’ in an old wing, but it was well furnished and had a roomy ensuite bathroom. The only problem with it was that it was close to the road, but after dark there was very little traffic along that road, so it didn’t disturb my sleep much.


The B&B was right out in the country on its own and had a nice view across the Purbeck countryside to Corfe Castle:


In the evening I drove down to Swanage and had a meal at one of the cafes along the beachfront. It was very pleasant sitting in the breeze looking out over the bay, but I was starting to feel like I was coming down with the flu, so didn’t stay too long once it started getting cooler.


On the way back to Kingston I stopped to get another shot of Corfe Castle from the A351 just as the sun was setting.


One of the problems with trying to photograph anything in southern England when touring by car is that there is hardly anywhere that you can stop along the roads. Most of the country roads are only wide enough for two cars to pass (and even then, on some of them that is a squeeze) and whenever you do find a place to pull off, it invariably has ‘no stopping’ or ‘emergency only’ signs. I managed to get the shot above by pulling into someone’s gate, hoping they wouldn’t shoo me away.

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