Adventures with Alaska
8 months ago
With more and more places letting you eat, drink and even catch the bus with your four-legged friends, there are plenty of places that you can visit and even take your pooch along to enjoy the experience with you. That’s why here at Morebus, we have listed a few places that you and your fur baby can visit by bus.
We took Alaska, the Border collie cross jug (jack Russell and pug), on a trip with us to Upton Country Park in Poole where she enjoyed a well-deserved run around!
Where will your next adventure be with your four legged friend?
Upton Country Park
Marvel at the grand Grade II* listed Georgian Mansion House, enjoy the wildlife along the shoreline or simply find a quiet spot to admire the amazing horticulture and beautiful botanical Walled Garden. Upton County Park even have a self-service Dog Wash area, conveniently located within the main car park. This easy to use facility is ideal for washing your muddy pooches or simply giving your pampered pet a weekly treat.
Kingston Lacy is an elegant 17th century Italian inspired country mansion set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland. Wander around Kingston Lacy house and discover the Spanish Room with its gilded leather and gilded ceiling brought from the Contarini Palace in Venice. Stroll around the Japanese Garden, complete with authentic tea house or take a sheltered walk through the woodland. Don’t forget to pop into the restaurant to try our home made cake and scones.
Sit back and relax during a leisurely trip behind one of the historic steam locomotives. The 12 mile Swanage Railway return trip takes you through the beautiful Purbeck countryside and includes stunning views of the iconic remains of William the Conqueror's Corfe Castle. As you travel down to Swanage you can appreciate the rich history of the area, its abundant wildlife and fascinating geology as well as the influence the region had on famous authors such as Enid Blyton and Thomas Hardy.
Highcliffe Castle has been described as arguably the most important surviving house of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture. It is a grade 1 listed building built mainly between 1831 and 1836 by Lord Stuart de Rothesay. The beautiful grounds are perfect for a relaxing stroll or a family picnic on the lawns and there is direct access to both the wonderful sandy beach and the unspoilt nature reserve of nearby Steamer Point. The Castle Kitchen Tearooms provide hot and cold drinks along with delicious snacks and homemade cakes.
The Blue Pool
The Blue Pool is a unique attraction in the Isle of Purbeck. A chance to escape the outside world and enjoy walks around a magical Pool famous for its ever changing colours. Very fine clay in suspension in the water diffracts light in different ways, producing a spectrum of colour - sometimes green, sometimes turquoise. Sandy paths lead up steps to views of the Purbeck Hills or down steps to the water’s edge. The Blue Pool is also home to the Wareham Bears and has a Gift shop, Museum and Plant Centre. The Tea House offers morning coffee, delicious lunches and cream teas with homemade scones.
Mudeford Quay, at the entrance to Christchurch Harbour, is a beautiful and popular destination and has spectacular views out to sea and of Christchurch town. The Quay is a popular sailing and windsurfing destination throughout the year and holds a number of dinghy championships.
Christchurch Castle was built in the late 11th Century to protect the town's and river access to the interior of Wessex. It was built inside the Saxon fort whose walls were probably used to build the castle mound or motte.
Winner of the Blue Flag award for 29 years and with its soft golden sands and breath-taking views, it is no wonder that Sandbanks is considered one of Britain's best beaches. There is a designated dog beach area at the western end of Sandbanks Beach to Haven Point (by the chain ferry).
Old Harry Rocks
Standing tall at the southern end of Studland Bay is one of the most famous landmarks on the South Coast – Old Harry. The chalk formations are popularly known as Old Harry Rocks, but the name actually refers to the single stack of chalk standing furthest out to sea. Thousands of years ago, Old Harry and The Needles on the Isle of Wight were linked by a line of chalk hills that eroded away during the last ice age. You can walk to Old Harry along the South West Coast Path.
A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, you can't fail to be captivated by the romantic Corfe Castle ruins with breath-taking views across Purbeck. Discover 1000 years of Corfe Castle's history as a royal palace and fortress. Feel history come to life and see the wildlife which has set up home in these fascinating castle ruins.
Hamworthy Park sits on Poole Harbour and is made up of Hamworthy beach, a large, green open space, a children's play area and a large, seasonal paddling pool. Dogs are welcome on the beach all year round, but not in the play parks or paddling pool.