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Where in Dorset? July 2016

PUBLISHED: 16:20 27 June 2016 | UPDATED: 16:20 27 June 2016


Martin Warwick thinks he’s found a little piece of Cornwall in Dorset

Renowned historian and author of Dorset - The Complete Guide, Jo Draper wasn’t too keen on the village we’re asking you to identify this month. She said: ‘There are good older cottages scattered about in (our village), and some good 18th-century houses but overall it is like the rest of (the area in which it finds itself) - bleak.’

Personally, I rather like it. There are some larger houses and, with several small shops, an ample supply of inviting pubs and cosy cafés to choose from, and glimpses of the sea through alleys and side streets, it’s not unlike Cornwall.

Its location can’t be described exactly without giving everything away, and whether it lies on a steep hillside or not, and whether it faces north, south or whatever must also be left unsaid. However, from a parking area opposite a hotel with panoramic windows above the village, frequently in the clouds because this area seems to have its own weather system, there’s a much photographed view which often appears in ‘Views of Dorset’ calendars. In fact, nearly everybody stops to take pictures of this famous panorama. From this viewpoint, a steep path which was once the old road leads down through trees to a bend in the main road just before two of the village’s popular inns, almost facing each other. One is named after the lady on the reverse of the 50p piece and the other after the area to which our village is the ’gateway’.

The village has a pleasant park on a prominent slope with flower beds, and next door is a bowling green, both having lovely views. Uphill from the park, in the steep one-way street, there’s a small theatre which is still a popular venue and the parish church above the raised pavement. Surely you must know where we are?

Send your answers to: Where in Dorset? (July), Dorset Magazine, Archant House, Babbage Road, Totnes, TQ9 5JA or you can enter via email competitions@dorsetmagazine.co.uk. The first correct answer selected at random on 31 July 2016 wins £25. May’s mystery place was Marnhill.


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