10 of the prettiest places in Dorset

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10 of the prettiest places in Dorset

Corfe Castle, near the Purbeck HillsThe crumbling ruins of Corfe Castle look their most magical at sunset, when the light catches the Purbeck limestone. This spot has a colourful past: once a Saxon stronghold and later a Norman fortress. Corfe Castle itself is thought to have inspired Kirrin Castle in Five on a Treasure Island (published a year after her visit) and its fictional reincarnation perfectly describes what’s here today: ‘Broken archways, tumbledown towers, ruined walls – that was all that was left of a once beautiful castle, proud and strong. Now the jackdaws nested in it and the gulls sat on the topmost stones. Now read:The 20 most beautiful villages in the UK and IrelandThe 20 most beautiful villages in the UK and Ireland Inspiration The 20 most beautiful villages in the UK and IrelandThe most beautiful places in EnglandThe most beautiful places in England Destinations The most beautiful places in EnglandThe best weekend breaks in the UK and Ireland

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