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Roundabout Ringwood June 2019

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Dear readers

Suddenly warmer weather arrived and just in time for our Fanfare For Spring! This issue’s summery front cover photo is a June view of one of my favourite locations near Ringwood. It’s a photo taken through the undergrowth on the walk from Swanage to Durlston Country Park looking across to Peveril Point and Old Harry.

It was originally called ‘Durlston Pleasure Gardens’ in its 1887 Victorian heyday by its owner George Burt. But over the decades the path and open views across the bay have almost become obscured by a canopy of tall shrubs, weeds and trees.

We used to bring our children here 25 years ago to the similarly run down cafe and grotty pub at Durlston Castle. They were both a long way from being described as pleasure gardens……. until recently after receiving generous Lottery Funding!

The Castle has now been beautifully restored with a marvellous cafe and fantastic views across the bay to the Isle of Wight. And now after receiving further Lottery funding over the next three years, the ‘Durlston Pleasure Grounds’ Project will restore and enhance the Victorian landscape inspired by its Victorian owner George Burt’s vision for people to ‘Look round and read great nature’s open book’.

So if you want history, nature, the seaside, cliff walks or even steam trains then Swanage has something for everyone!

But of course if you want something a bit closer to home then check out our What’s On pages 26 & 28. Let’s hope that summer is here to stay now!