Hello my fellow travelers! It’s been a while since I have written a post. My paws are a bit sore from traveling everywhere so I had little time to recover my paws to type here.
I want to take you on a little journey through the beautiful county of Dorset. My adventures in Dorset have taken me through the New Forest and now bring me to Christchurch which is right next to the seaside town of Bournemouth. Christchurch also has its own beach though.
Christchurch is famous for its castles and that was indeed at the top of our list!
Our first stop was the Highcliffe Castle. It was built in the 1700s and is now mostly used for weddings. On our particular visit it was quite quiet with no weddings and little other tourists. The weather was slightly chilly as well.
Unfortunately, the castle is in the middle of some heavy renovation so the inside was closed, but that didn’t slow us down.
On this little adventure we were joined by our Dorset expert Paula, who also accompanied us to Cambridge a while back.
The Highcliffe castle is quite close to the beach so our next step was to walk down from the top of the cliff to the beach.
Down there it was quite windy so we just went for a small jog along the sea and over the pebbles. Then when I got too cold it was time to leave and see the next castle.
When I first set paws in Christchurch I had thought the Highcliffe Castle was actually the Christchurch Castle, but I was mistaken. There was another castle called the Christchurch Castle and it was in ruins.
The castle has history dating back to since the 1100s, which is older than even my human!
When I arrived I was happy to know that dogs were welcome here so I took my human down to explore Christchurch Castle.
Outside of the castle there was a moat and the water here had a few good-looking ducks hanging about. I couldn’t help but admire their beauty.
Once we finished exploring those castle ruins it was time to see yet another tourist site, the Christchurch Priory.
There is so much history in the town of Christchurch and I was delighted to find out that we were about to walk into the longest parish church in the country. It has history dating to the 11th century which certainly beats out both castles. To this day the church still offers worship services.
After our trip through Christchurch we were quite knackered and made it to a local pub for some dinner.
Thanks for joining me on my little Christchurch adventure and I hope you get to visit this wonderful little gem of a town!
See you soon in more Dorset adventures!