Camp Bestival news: Want to know about all the hidden gems you can find down in Dorset when you come…
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Want to know about all the hidden gems you can find down in Dorset when you come on a festiholiday to Camp Bestival? Here’s part 1 of Rob & Josie’s Family da Bank Secret Guide to the local area…
1) The River Frome Race
My Dorset mate Connie tipped me off about Moreton. It’s kinda near the Monkey World roundabout down a few sleepy lanes and there’s a great tea room. But the best bit is the shallow River Frome which courses past the village with a great pedestrian bridge across. If it’s all getting a bit stressy on site, or on a very hot day, this is where me and the da Bank juniors escape to and roll up our trousers and go for a good old fashioned paddle.
2) Tyneham Village
It’s been knocking about since the Iron Age and is in the Domesday Book but in the Second World War the army asked all the inhabitants to leave so they could prepare for D Day and it's been deserted ever since…mainly because they wouldn’t let anyone back. If you know the Camp Bestival site it’s literally a stones throw from the Weld Arms to the road up to Tyneham and it’s slightly eerie ghost village. Just make sure there’s no live firing on the ranges!
3) Bat’s Head
Josie and I once walked from Lulworth Cove to Weymouth which is about 12 miles. It’s a beautiful walk along the Jurassic coastline, past Durdle Door and fairly hilly, but manageable if you’re semi fit! There’s an incredible high headland called Bat’s Head where you can sit and see our home of the Isle of Wight. It’s so good we even wrote a song about it on my mate Mr Dan and my album as Lazyboy….and yes we did get a taxi back!
4) Cogden Beach
Chesil Beach should be one of the natural wonders of the world. It's 18 miles long but my fave bit, and a bit of a secret, is the lovely Cogden Beach. Take the X53 Jurassic Coaster bus there and soak up the seaside vibes.
5) No motorways
Dorset doesn’t have a single motorway which makes for a quieter more relaxing county where you’re forced to enjoy the back roads. Yes, of course there are a few traffic jams, but that’s the price of tranquility!
Josie & Rob da Bank