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A Saxon town dating back 2000 years, this walled town was once a stronghold for King Alfred the Great. The Saxon church of St Martin’s is the oldest in Dorset. Visit the Rex Cinema as it is the only gas-lit cinema in the country!

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Corfe Castle

Positioned strategically in the gap between the Purbeck Hills, Corfe Castle was a royal fortress for 600 years. After the Civil War the castle was demolished to the condition we see today and much of the stone was used to build the thatched cottages of Corfe Castle Village.

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On the Isle of Purbeck (once connected to the Isle of Wight) Swanage was a small fishing village until the early 19th century when it developed into a seaside resort. Following the arrival of the railway the town really expanded. The Swanage Railway still operates steam trains from the town via Corfe Castle to Norden.

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Arne RSPB Reserve

Arne RSPB reserve is a 1,392-acre nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest maintained by the RSPB.  Just 4 miles from the Old Granary it is renowned for its natural environment, being noted for its rare ‘Dorset Heath’ heather, breeding Dartford warblers, Silka Deer and over 500 species of vascular plant.  The reserve has also been featured on the BBC’s Countryfile and Winterwatch programmes.

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The Purbecks

The Purbecks are an amazing area for walking; whether you’re just looking for a picturesque short easy stroll, or something longer and more strenuous, perhaps along the famous South West Cost Path, you’re guaranteed to find something.  Make sure you pop in to the Old Granary before or after your walk for a spot of refreshment

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