Winter Sun in Swanage!

The sun was shining on New Year’s Day.  A pretty rare event this winter, so Dee and I popped down to Swanage for a breath of sea air.  We were pretty late off the mark, and didn’t arrive until after lunch so we had to settle for a fairly short walk around.

Here are a few photos from that day, just to show that a British Winter isn’t all bad.

When we got to the quay, we spotted a couple of gigs being crewed up ready to set to sea.  It seems that these two boats were part of Swanage Sea Rowing Club’s Fleet of Cornish Pilot Gigs.  More about this Club can be found on their website.

Swanage Sea Rowing Club Gigs preparing for an outing.

Dancing Ledge.

Swanage Sea Rowing Club Gig ‘Dancing Ledge’.



Swanage Sea Rowing Club Gig ‘Arrypaye’.

By following the link on the bow of ArryPaye, I was able to find out a little more about the pirate, Harry Paye, who provided the source of this boat’s name.

Swanage Sea Rowing Club Gigs ‘Dancing Ledge’ and ‘Arrypaye’.

We then walked along to the pier.  Although we have often visited this area, we had never taken the time to walk out onto the pier.

Not this one.  This is the remains of the original ‘Old Pier’ in Swanage.  Wikipedia yields the information that it was built between 1859 and 1861, mainly for use by the local quarrying industry.  Information about the old tramway can also be found.

Remains of the Old Pier
Swanage Old Pier

The new pier was built for use by the regular passenger steamer services from Poole and Bournemouth.  It was officially opened in 1897 and continued to be used for regular steamer services until 1966.  After that it began to fall into disrepair until it was taken over by the Swanage Pier Trust in 1993.

It was awarded pier of the Year in 2012.

Swanage Pier
A walk on the pier.

I wondered what this strange yellow thing was at the end of the pier.  On closer inspection, it can be seen to be a Wave Radar.  Google can provide information about what it is used for.

Saab Wave Radar on the end of Swanage Pier

As we started to walk back to the car, we spotted this self proclaimed ‘photo opportunity’.  It is an impressive piece of artwork.

Wall Art: Swanage
Congratulations to the artist. I think he did a really great job.

It was a good, but chilly day out in the sun, and a pretty good way to start the New Year.

That’s it from this post.  I’m hoping to post more soon.  Thanks for looking.

Harbour Life

Another Lyme Regis photo, this time of that part of the harbour where the sand of the beach can also be seen.  I thought that the foreground gull, standing by the post, and the background fisherman walking back up the beach, having just been down to inspect something by the harbour wall, were quite representative of how Lyme Regis would appear if there were no tourists present.  Lyme Regis still manages to retain a certain character which ensures all year round popularity, so that will never be the day.

Harbour Life

Some other Lyme Regis photos can be found by using the search box.

Didn’t get to Lulworth

Actually, we had no intention of walking to Lulworth.  We were just out for a late Sunday afternoon stroll, starting from the National Trust car park at Ringstead, on the Dorset coast.  It was a week to go before the start of the Olympic sailing in Weymouth Bay and it was somehow quite comforting to see HMS Bulwark, quietly patrolling the bay, to keep the baddies away.  This first image is a wide shot of the bay with HMS Bulwark seen on the left and the Isle of Portland in the distance.

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Purbeck Sunshine

Since after a couple of half decent summer days, the weather forecast was to return to a winter climate, we thought it sensible to defer the chores for a while longer, and have a second day out on the trot.  The weather charts seemed to suggest a trip to the Isle of Purbeck as being our best bet. Continue reading