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Wessex Coast Tour

Wessex Coast Tour

Introduction

Time: 3 Nights / 4 Days

Accommodation: First Class Hotels

Start Date: All Year

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Families and Small Groups

Over the centuries, the English Channel has protected the country from a barrage of invaders. The coastal area has a beautiful cocktail of history, heritage and stunning scenery. Much of the tour takes in England’s only natural World Heritage Site – the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, renowned for its beauty, fossils and perfect geological formations.

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Starting from London this tour begins with one of our premier stately homes; Petworth Hous. The tour keeps close to the coast and through the newly designated national park; The New Forest. We do venture inland to see the beautiful towns of Salisbury and Sherbourne and we conclude our tour with an enlightening tour of the wonderful stone monoliths of Stonehenge.

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Itinerary

Our tour starts by travelling through the wonderful, rolling Wealden countryside to one of the most perfectly preserved stately homes – PETWORTH HOUSE. The seat of the Percy’s since Norman times, the current C17th house contains some of the finest carving, paintings and sculptures of their age. SALISBURY CATHEDRAL, voted the best view in England. Begun in 1220, the cathedral took only 40 years to build. In the chapter house is one of only four surviving Magna Cartas, the bill of rights signed in 1215. Salisbury has many unspoilt medieval buildings and we explore them on a walking tour.

Day 1: Petworth House - Salisbury

Our tour starts by travelling through the wonderful, rolling Wealden countryside to one of the most perfectly preserved stately homes – PETWORTH HOUSE. The seat of the Percy’s since Norman times, the current C17th house contains some of the finest carving, paintings and sculptures of their age. SALISBURY CATHEDRAL, voted the best view in England. Begun in 1220, the cathedral took only 40 years to build. In the chapter house is one of only four surviving Magna Cartas, the bill of rights signed in 1215. Salisbury has many unspoilt medieval buildings and we explore them on a walking tour.

Day 2: New Forest - Corfe - Coast

Day 2: New Forest - Corfe - Coast

The NEW FOREST NATIONAL PARK has numerous hiking path paths. Sitting on a pillar of limestone is the majestic ruins of CORFE CASTLE. This ancient castle was destroyed in the Civil War when the owner, John Bankes refused to give in to the Parliamentarians. You could take a steam train to Swanage Bay or we can drive visiting quaint fishing coves, inlets and splendid geological features along this part of the WORLD HERITAGE COAST Dorset coast. Near to here is the lovely cove of LULWORTH once famous as an area of smugglers and pirates. The cliff path has unique rock formations like Durdle Door.

Day 3: Dochester - Abottsbury - Coast

Day 3: Dochester - Abottsbury - Coast

The DORCHESTER has an abundance of pretty villages, ornate churches and thatched cottages. The C19th author, Thomas Hardy's family home is an idyllic thatched cottage, built by Hardy’s father. Returning to the coast and progressing west the wonderful Sub Tropical Gardens of ABOTTSBURY. Nestling in a sheltered valley, the micro climate is perfect for a sublime mix of tropical plants. CHARMOUTH and Lyme Regis where Jurassic fossils are prolific. It was here the pioneering palaeontologist, Mary Anning worked. Lyme Regis has a number of great craft shops, distinguished painters and fossils shops.

Day 4: Sherbourne - Stonehenge - Wardour

Day 4: Sherbourne - Stonehenge - Wardour

Along the coast are strange named towns such as BEER and the fantastic Georgian SIDMOUTH. Inland, SHERBOURNE has two castles here, both once home of eminent Elizabethan, Walter Raleigh. The High Street has some lovely shops, ideal for souvenirs and presents. We wil discover the mysteries of the 5000 year old stone circle STONEHENGE and the surrounding prehistoric landscapes. From here, a choice between the outstanding C18th landscape gardens of STOURHEAD or WARDOUR CASTLE - made famous in the movie, Robin Hood in Prince of Thieves.


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