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The village of Corfe is one of Dorset’s most delightful treasures. Overlooked by the romantic ruins of Corfe Castle, the castle and dwellings in the village are all built from the same Purbeck stone, including the wonderful post office, the Corfe Castle Tea Rooms and the ice cream parlour, all of which exude delightful nostalgia.
Enid Blyton is reputed to have written many of her stories here while holidaying in Swanage, with many of the famous landmarks making an appearance in her writing under various guises; Kirrin Castle is said to represent Corfe Castle in the Famous Five tales and the shiny green Swanage Steam Train chugging into Corfe Station is said to have set the scene of the Famous Five arriving home from boarding school for the holidays.
Corfe Castle was built more than 1,000 years ago, the ruins will teach you the history of the battles, mysteries and plots that surrounded the castle and the final destruction, when an act of Parliament was passed to destroy it. If you park in the car park and walk up to the castle, keep your little ones occupied by doing the Wildlife Walk and Play Trail on the way up. Then use binoculars to spot the ravens that nest high up in the stonework.
Corfe village boasts some particularly gorgeous pubs that are an absolute must to visit. The Greyhound pub has some popular events peppered throughout the year, such as The Ale and Cider Festival in August, The Crab and Lobster Festival in September, The Sausage and Cider Festival in October, as well as live music pretty much every week. Another great pub, The Castle Inn, was mentioned by Thomas Hardy in the book Hand of Ethelberta.
The pretty shops and lovely quaint lanes, full of charming cottages, make Corfe a wonderful base for exploring the Purbecks. The beautiful golden sandy beach of Studland Bay is nearby, as is the pristine blue flag sandy beach at Swanage.
If a beautifully bracing walk is on your holiday agenda, then simply step outside your cottage door and pick one of the many walking routes that pass by. A particularly nice one is the perfect 5 mile stroll from Corfe Castle, past the stunning scenery, ending at the wonderful Kimmeridge Bay.
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