Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset

Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset
Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset

Thursday, 3 June 2010


I was born in Derbyshire, but have had little opportunity to go back there since, and explore.

The pass is named after the Cat & Fiddle pub, which stands at the top of the pass. It's a marvellous road to ride, but sadly, there have been a lot of fatalities over the years, of people who haven't treated it with the respect it deserves.

I usually prefer castles to stately homes, but Chatsworth, both the house and the grounds, are truly enchanting. The web abounds with pictures of the house, so I thought I'd put up some pictures of the enchanting gardens.
As well as paying to do the whole place, you can buy a cheap day ticket, just to go and picnic in the grounds.
The friendliest thing is, you are welcome to paddle in the cascade, as it tumbles down the hillside towards the house.
As to the picture of the tree, look closer. This is the 'Weeping Tree'. It is hollowed out, and water is pumped through it, to replace the truncated branches. It's a magical effect.
You wander about the grounds, and come across sculptures in all sorts of odd places. It's a real voyage of discovery.

The name Lover's Leap came about following the story of a young woman, who on hearing that her young man had been killed in the Napolionic wars, climbed to the top of Lover's Leap and threw herself off. Her billowing skirt caught in branches on her way down, and she was able to scramble to safety. On her return home, she received the news that her boy friend, far from having lost his life in the war, had recently arrived in England, and was returning to see her.
This picture is actually of a little B&B and cafe in Stoney Middleton, near to Lovers Leap. The building is set against the cliff, and partially hewn into it.

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