Bedford Burrow & Other Curious Stuff

Strange little town, strange little site.


Arne is a village in Dorset which gives its name to a peninsular protruding into Poole Harbour. The peninsular is directly opposite the town of Poole. (see map). The peninsular is home to RSPB Arne.

It has plenty of paths to explore the heaths, coastline and varied habitats, and enjoy the natural beauty of Arne. Although there are many visitors to the area it is still possible to find peace and tranquillity.

The varied habitats are home to dear, reptiles and a variety of birds.

There is car parking at the RSPB centre, and a café, but the point of going to Arne is to explore.



The shoreline at Shipstall Hill is sandy but probably gets very busy during the summer.








3 Oct 2018 Posted by | #van, Coast | , , , | Leave a comment

Ringstead Bay

There is a free National Trust car park on top of the hill overlooking Ringstead Bay. From the car park there are great views over the bay to Portland and Burning Cliff. Illustrated sign boards show paths and locations.

View the larger Google map below to see locations, paths and places of interest. Zoom out to see how to get to Ringstead Bay.

There are some steep climbs on the paths up and down from the bay.

Alternatively there is private pay car park by the café (kiosk) right down in the bay.

You can always take a comfy chair and a flask and just sit on the hill to enjoy the views.

Walking down past the farm you find the old RAF Radar Station.

The area features as part of the Channel 4, Walking Through History, Frontline Dorset, and is day 3 of a 5 day walking guide which can be downloaded free.

On the path down past the farm, heading towards the Second World War radar station.

The Radar Station. There is no access to the bunker, the entrance is gated and locked. The small illustrated board on the fence gives some information.

Radar Station information board

Looking east across Ringstead Bay

The bay was quite deserted apart from a few dinghies moored.

Climbing back up to the car park & calling in at St Catherine’s by The Sea. There is a memorial garden and the chapel was open to visitors

St Catherine’s by the Sea, memorial garden, overlooking Ringstead Bay

Isolated & lonely post-box.


15 Jun 2018 Posted by | Coast | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sutton Poyntz, Dorset

Sutton Poytnz is a small Dorset village just off the A353. As you go down the hill and enter  Preston on the A353, the road to Weymouth, it’s easy to miss. But it’s worth stopping off and taking the time to walk through the village.

Enjoy sitting by the village pond. Call in at the Springhead, the village hostelry. Walk down the path that runs behind Sutton Mill. An hour spent strolling will be an hour well spent.

The hills behind the village were occupied during the neolithic and bronze ages, with barrows dating back 4000 years. For the more energetic, outstanding views of the coast are the reward for climbing up the ridge behind the village.



Google maps.

11 Apr 2018 Posted by | Coast | , , , | Leave a comment

Abbottsbury Old Station, Dorset

Abbottsbury Station was at the end of a branch line running from Weymouth, with the branch junction being at Upwey. The station opened in 1885 and the line finally closed in 1952.

There was a station halt at Coryates and a station at Portisham. The line continued from Portisham and terminated at Abbottsbury.

There was a single platform at Abbottsbury, which is still there. A house and garage have been built on the site of the station yard and platform.

To the east of the station is the old goods shed and the old track-bed forms a public footpath to Portisham, approximately one & half miles walk. Boots advisable.

Further down the line towards Portisham stands the old engine shed. It has two overgrown walls still standing.

The platform at Abbottsbury, looking west into the station.

The platform is still intact, overgrown and built on.

The goods shed, to the east of the station

Goods shed

Track bed leaving the station eastwards towards Portisham.

Engine shed to the east of the station.

Engine shed

Track-side fencing on route to Portisham

Line-side hut near to Portisham

Inside the line-side hut

Line-side hut chimney


Track-side fencing


8 Apr 2018 Posted by | Coast | , , | Leave a comment

Huge support for Castle Cove Campaign – Wessex FM

A planning application to get steps rebuilt down to the beach at Castle Cove closed yesterday, 28th Feb.

Castle Cove is a favourite beach in Weymouth, with views across Portland Harbour.

It’s a great spot, and with support across all political parties, including the local Green Party,  The Friends of Castle Cove deserve success. Their campaign will benefit the local community, and a few outsiders too




Source: Wessex FM – News – Huge support for Castle Cove Campaign

1 Mar 2018 Posted by | Coast | | Leave a comment

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