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Is it a bridge? Is it a ferry? Whatever it is it transports you across Poole harbour
Isle of Purbeck (England)
Member Name: moo2moo
Isle of Purbeck (England)
Advantages: Quick way from Swanage to Bournemouth
A complete lapse in navigational skills resulted in an impromtpu trip to Purbeck. One minute we're heading for Christchurch and the next the GPS has decided the quickest way there is via the very picturesque ruins of Corfe Castle and the long winding road to Studland where we entered an enormous National Trust owned nature area complete with nudist beach. The views from the car windows were simply stunning with an enormous variety of trees in all theri autumnal glory, an abundance of wildlife and birds everywhere you looked. Armed with their wildlife spotters guide our daughters were ecstatic.
Clearly visible were Old Harrys Rocks, two chalk stacks jutting magestically from the sea much like those of the more famous Isle of Wight Needles.
Several miles further down the very windy road we encountered a National Trust car park and a ferry toll booth. By this point my other half was leaping up and downin his seat like a small boy on Christmas Day. It turned out we'd arrived at a chain ferry or should I say the chain ferry. Rumour has it that this was the testing ground for an abandoned WW2 plan to descend on the beaches on France en masse on D-day. The reality is a more mundane 1923 project to build a floating bridge which just happens to look like a ferry.
I don't do ferrys or water crossings of any nature, I get ridiculously sea sick and despite being close enough to swim to the other side I did indeed turn green. Its the shortest ferry crossing I've ever been on but with its characteristic clunks and lurches as the sea bed chain is tensioned and the ferry crabs its way along the chain much like a bicycle gear train it was quite possibly the roughest too despite lasting less than 5 minutes and costing only £3.
As an experience its certainly unforgetable.
If you have the time its well worth a stroll around the myriad of nature trails which criss cross the area. The sheer variety of flora and fauna in such a small area is amazing as are the views of the sea over Studland Bay.
Summary: £3 for an experience which made a small boy very happy
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