For my first proper post I wanted to tell you about a few places I visited on recent weekend away with my boyfriend, Dan, to celebrate his birthday.
After hearing how charming the coastal town of Swanage is I decided to book us a night at a lovely B&B a few minutes from the sea, hoping we’d catch the last of the Summer weather.
Unfortunately, the Saturday that we travelled down proved to be one of the wettest, windiest days we’d had in months! We spent the majority of the day hobbling around the cobbles under our umbrellas, doing our best to ignore the weather and still enjoy the surroundings and cute independent shops Swanage has to offer.
Luckily we found a lovely little cafe called LoveCake, where we took refuge for a couple of hours and had an absolute beast of a brunch…
LoveCake caters for breakfasts and afternoon tea to full dinners, and had an amazing range of homemade goodies. There were a tonne of beautiful cakes and pastries to choose from, also providing a range of gluten-free and healthier options. My hefty bacon baguette just had to be polished off with one of their awesome peanut butter blondies. If you’re planning a trip to Swanage soon, I’d highly recommend popping in here for a coffee and cake refuel!
As we approached check-in time at our pretty B&B, The Swanage Haven, the sun was finally starting to come out. We were pretty exhausted by all the fun and games with the weather by this point, so when the lovely manager, David, suggested use of the B&B hot tub, it was a saviour! With an honesty bar set up in the cosy lounge area, we helped ourselves to a drink and soaked up an hour of sun on the garden terrace.
That night we had a pretty disappointing dinner in Swanage town centre, so we woke on Sunday a little overexcited for the highly-rated breakfast offered at our B&B. They had a big variety of breakfast snacks at the buffet (including take-away homemade brownies… wow!) and also provided cooked options from eggs florentine to a full-English. Personally, the tasty homemade bread and jams, and an amazing fruit platter did it for me.
Relieved at Sunday’s much more positive weather forecast, we decided we wanted to set out on a walk to see more of Dorset’s sites. David recommended that we take a trip to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, detouring through an intriguing village called Tyneham that was abandoned during the second world war.
We took a walk up and over the cliff to Durdle Door, where the views were just incredible. If you’re planning to go (which you should), I’d recommend trainers… and a decent breakfast – it’s quite a trek up that hill!
I can safely say that I have never witnessed such beautiful scenery in England before! The sea was unbelievably clear and a beautiful turqoise that rivalled the Med. Coupled with amazing sunny skies, I could have stayed there forever.
Envious of people swimming through the door, and regretting not packing our swimsuits, we decided to seize the moment and take a dip in our clothes/boxers. I’m sure we looked like nutters jumping into the freezing cold water and making way more fuss than any of the under-10s swimming there, but it was our best decision of the day!
After all of the excitement and energy expended, it was obviously time for more food. We had a quick drink on the terrace of the Lulworth Cove Inn, followed by a bag of fish and chips (a new favourite of mine) down on the cove, to finish the weekend off perfectly.
If you’re looking for ideas for a weekend away by the seaside, or want to see more of the the beautiful South, I’d really recommend visiting West Lulworth and seeing its beauty for yourselves! I can promise that you won’t be disappointed.