The Blackmore Vale is not just a great base for exploring Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. We also have some lovely attractions of our own!
Walking, Fishing, Golfing and Riding
Duncliffe Wood, an ancient woodland managed by the Woodland Trust, is just over a mile away. Open to the public and with plenty of different walks through the woods, it is known for its spectacular display of bluebells in April and May.
Other lovely spots to walk include Hambledon Hill, a prehistoric hill fort, and Bulbarrow, one of the highest hills in Dorset, offering views across Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Devon. The North Dorset Trailway, and the Wessex Ridgeway are other, more level walks, which can also be cycled or ridden.
Todber Manor Fishing Lakes are in the next village (www.todbermanor.co.uk) and there are several golf courses within half an hour’s drive. We also have two equestrian centres nearby – Pippin’s Equestrian and Pevlings – where you can book lessons or a hack through rolling countryside.
Local Dorset Towns
Shaftesbury in Dorset is one of the oldest and highest towns in England, with many charming houses and cottages set upon its hilly streets. The famous Hovis bread advert was filmed here at Gold Hill. The steep cobbled street is the very one up which the delivery boy trundles his ancient bicycle. There is a leisure pool here and a market on Thursdays. It has nice tea rooms and a couple of good restaurants and pubs, and it has a food festival in May.
Sherborne in Dorset is famous for the Abbey and Castle, as well as its very good local shops, whilst Wincanton in Somerset is known for its race course. Fixtures vary, so check www.wincantonracecourse.co.uk for dates.
Salisbury in Wiltshire is a magnificent medieval city with historic streets, half-timbered buildings, award-winning museums, and the UK’s finest medieval Cathedral. The town has lovely shops and an outdoor market every Tuesday and Saturday. Stonehenge is also close by.
The West Country of England is renowned for good quality local food, from cheeses to sausages, and ciders to cordials. The area has scores of good markets, farm shops, delis and restaurants serving up the best the South West of England has to offer. We can recommend lots of places to try – just ask us when you get here.
The Jurassic Coast – England’s First Natural World Heritage Site
We could write a whole guide book about this very beautiful stretch of coastline, and really you need to choose your own reasons to visit the seaside (about an hour away). With that said, here is a taster! Beautiful sandy beaches at Studland, fish and chips and mackerel fishing trips at Weymouth, cliff-top walks at Durdle Door, counting pebbles at Chesil Beach, visiting Thomas Hardy’s Cottage, discovering ammonites at Kimmeridge, touring the Portland Bill lighthouse, watching millionaires at Sandbanks, and spotting rare red squirrels on Brownsea Island.
Days Out In Dorset
There are so many things to do and see near Caalm Camp to make your stay extra special. Dorset is a beautiful county and you could come back time and time again and still experience new places. Whether you are coming on a romantic weekend away or a family holiday, you can experience some of the best days out in Europe. They are all within easy reach of a day out from Caalm Camp.