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10 Hidden Gems to Enjoy in Dorset

10 Hidden Gems to Enjoy in Dorset

The glorious county of Dorset offers many gems. Here are 10 of them to enjoy during your stay.

1. Catch your own supper

Take your family on a fishing boat to catch your evening supper. There are many boat trips that offer this service in Dorset. A popular choice is Harry May, in Lyme Regis. He will take you deep sea fishing, where you will have a rod each to catch whiting, dog fish, bream, mackerel and skate, amongst others. On a good day, you can enjoy beautiful calm waters with the stunning Dorset countryside on one side and the endless turquoise seas on the other. Catch your supper, let Harry wash it and prepare it for cooking, then take it home to pop on the barbeque. Pure heaven!

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2. Stay in a chocolate box cottage in a rural village

Rent a cottage with family and friends and be immersed in the beauty of Dorset. With such varied landscape, you can enjoy meandering through pretty peaceful villages in the green countryside, stopping off in a pub with a roaring fire, or strolling along the Jurassic Coastline with glorious sea views and dramatic cliff edges.

3. Sip local ale in an old Smugglers Inn

Dorset boasts some of the best pubs in the country. Old Smugglers Inns sit along the coast with their huge open fires and stories of years gone by. Read this blog for a list of 17 cosy Dorset pubs to visit.

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4. Perch on a harbour wall with some fish and chips

There is nothing more delightful than enjoying fish and chips overlooking the water from where their catch originated. Spend some time in Weymouth harbour. It is a splendidly traditional harbour bustling with fishing boats and crabbers. Sit on the harbour wall and enjoy fish and chips from the Marlboro fish and chip shop. Then, you really must pick up a bag of Billy Winters (locally caught Weymouth Bay prawns) from the fishmongers to take home.

5. Enjoy a quintessential English seaside holiday

Not so hidden, but most definitely a gem, is the elegant Georgian seaside town of Weymouth. Sticks of rock, bucket and spade frolics, Punch and Judy shows, donkey rides on the beach and a promenade with a carousel and penny drop machines. Tie a handkerchief on your head, roll your trousers up and get paddling!

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6. Visit the picture postcard village of Milton Abbas

Have a Dorset cream tea in the picture book cob and thatched village of Milton Abbas where sits, identical thatched white cottages all in a row. They look so perfect that they don’t actually look real and photographs of them are often used in Dorset postcards.

7. Watch the waves crash on the rocks of Portland

The sea around Portland is so treacherous that the Portland Lighthouse is still used today to guide vessels through the waters. This area of the sea is famously known as the Portland Race and many boats have become shipwrecked in this area over the centuries. Stand on the rocks, or even better, climb the lighthouse tower and just watch the violent seas below.

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8. Enjoy a show at the Electric Palace in Bridport 

Visit this cool vintage theatre for film, theatre, music and comedy. It’s an art deco gem, complete a bar, red velvet seating and really cool artwork. It’s a perfectly intimate setting and a must to visit.

9. Take the steam train to Corfe 

For some pure Enid Blyton nostalgia, pop on the steam train at Swanage and head through the rolling hills of Dorset to the pretty village of Corfe with old castle ruins. Corfe has some lovely pubs and is a real treat to visit and the castle is a cherry on the cake.

10. Walk along the Jurassic Coast 

A simple walk but oh so beautiful. The Jurassic coast is steeped in dinosaur history. Walk the dog, hunt for fossils, stop at a pub, watch the turquoise seas and find some secluded beaches. Take a picnic and enjoy it facing the Durdle door. A simple but perfect day out.

Featured photo credit: Weymouth Harbour Dorset via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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