What a great weekend! Johan and I needed to get away from London so we rented a car and did a weekend roadtrip on the English countryside. The only “not so fun part” was driving through London. The GPS took us the shortest way out of town which meant straight through London. Two hours later we were on our way.
We arrived in New Forest around noon. It’s a beautiful national park in southern England where animals roam free so don’t feel surprised if you walk by some horses or cattle on your nature walks. After a few short walks we decided to start looking for a place to stay. As this was a spontaneous trip we hadn’t booked hotel and unfortunately there was a bunch of different events going on in New Forest, which meant no vacancies anywhere. We decided to go to the beach! We drove down to Bournemouth and made a few calls to different hotels and finally we found The Suncliff Hotel which accepted dogs. Simcoe enjoyed her first walk on a sandy beach and loved digging in the sand.
Sunday morning we jumped in the car quite early and set the GPS on Swanage. We assumed the GPS would take us on the big roads but then “she” said “Take ferry”. We had a beautiful drive along the coast and after a quick stop for coffee in Swanage we continued our drive inland. Spontaneously we ended up in Corfe Castle around lunch. It is a quaint town built around the old Corfe Castle, which is around 1000 years old. After lunch at the local pub we walked around the castle ruins, read about its history and took many pictures. After that it was time to drive home. As we wanted to take the back roads we had many hours ahead of us before we could get back to London. It was a very nice roadtrip and we will definitely do more in the future.