Having lived for Italy for 20 years and practically spent the first 20 years of my adulthood there, the return to Great Britain opened up a brand new exciting area to travel and discover for me. I quickly realised that our island is beautiful and very diverse and although we all complain about the weather, we really cannot complain about having nothing to do or see.
In 2008 I was heavily pregnant with the twins, I could walk but it was an enormous effort. I was carrying a LOT of extra weight and I was tickled that my circumference was so big! A size 8 in my youth and lucky enough to be able to eat anything I wanted, when I wanted, I wasn’t used to being so huge. We wanted to take a short holiday whilst we still could and we decided upon West Bay in Dorset. It was early May and I was seven months pregnant.
We stayed at the Parkdean West Bay resort near Bridport and over the past couple of years I have really enjoyed watching Broadchurch, the drama on ITV as I can see the places we visited, plus it was an excellent series. I am positive that blue house to the left in the image below is the one which Detective Inspector Alex Hardy lived. We also visited the big white place which was an excellent restaurant.
Another reason I am writing about that trip is because we have decided to return there this year, we’ll be re-tracing the steps of Broadchurch and our first almost-family holiday, does it count if I was carrying the twins at the time?
West Bay is beautiful, the village is well kept, the beach is clean and the cliffs are a fascinating site dating back to prehistoric times which is pretty impressive.
Husband did walk to the top of the cliffs on a couple of occasions but I had to wait below, it was waddle, huff and puff or sit and read, I chose to sit and read.
I did however love the stroll around the harbour and maybe this time I’d like to take the girls out on one of the boat trips out into the sea. I think it would be really enjoyable.
We found West Bay the perfect place to set off and explore the surroundings from and we did venture out every day. I particularly liked Buddleigh Salterton for the red cliffs and stone beaches, shame the weather was foggy but you get the idea.
We were also very impressed with Ladram Bay, discovered by chance. We found a great holiday resort there for caravans and also with statics for rent which we would love to try out sometime.
I was particularly amused to discover a place on the coast called Beer. Obviously husband and I had to visit and it’s really quaint. I have a really cheesy photo of him by the town name which he wouldn’t thank me for posting so you’ll have to conjure that one up for yourselves.
Lyme Regis was as far as we ventured that time and it was quite a drive plus a lot of walking but I’m looking forward to going back and rediscovering it again this year. Beautiful shops and a great ice cream too are my memories of Lyme Regis.
One other photo I have from back then is of the harbour and the fabulous take away area which was a really fun place to visit and eat plus I remember superb fish and chips.
We also visited this place and I can’t remember the name! I know we drove high up and ate at a restaurant at the top. I also remember it was a very windy and cold day. I do want to go back here this year not only so I can discover the name but also because it is a fantastic view.
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