Dorset is a truly diverse county on the south coast of England. There are no cities or motorways in Dorset but it boasts of many lovely towns and picturesque villages inland, beautiful beaches and rugged headlands on the coast!
Not being a beach-loving person, I tended to overlook the coastal areas. On our recent trip to Bournemouth we saw signposts for towns further west, so on a bit of a whim, we decided to spend a few days in Swanage.http://gotthefridgemagnet.com/?p=14376
Driving through Wareham, the welcoming sight of this pretty little town on River Frome under a bright blue sky with a few fluffy white clouds was too inviting not to stop!
Wareham is not a big town. However it’s great for a day out relaxing at one of the pretty riverside eateries to soak up the sun or indulging in one of the rigorous water sports.
The Blue Pool
The Blue Pool is about 3 miles from Wareham and 9 miles from Swanage. It was a large clay pit in the 17th century, abandoned in the early 19th Century and subsequently filled with rainwater. It was transformed into The Blue Pool in 1935 and became a nature reserve in 1985. The visit to The Blue Pool began at the welcoming entrance and tearooms
The Blue Pool is surrounded by 25 acres of heath and woodland with a circular path around it. The circular trail is just under 2 miles. It’s an easy walk with a different vista at every turn. Apparently the lake changes colour depending on the weather and the water levels.
Although the water was not blue during our trip, The Blue Pool was a perfect way to while away a couple of hours, finishing off with a nice cappuccino!!
One of the focal point around the pool is a small deck area on the water edge known as Speakeasy Deck. It’s for hire for a party of up to 6. I imagine it to be a lovely spot to see the sunset.
Our trip to Swanage couldn’t get off to a better start!
Check out also the connecting blog “Steaming ahead from Swanage to Corfe Castle http://gotthefridgemagnet.com/?p=14443