"One of the goals of the Swanage Railway is to restore a daily service between Swanage and Wareham to connect with the main line. This is progressing well and we hope to have a service running around 2013" from the Swanage Railway website.
The battle with bureaucracy continues....
The short trip from Swanage station to Corfe Castle is a trip back in time. Of course those of us that grew up with steam trains knew it was unwise to put your head out of the window on either side of the carriage...
One of my favourite views, Poole Lakes. Two pictures overlooking Swanage Town in the sunshine from the west and from a great height.
"Sunsets at Wareham" These three beautiful pictures were taken by Harry Youens of Wareham. He has graciously allowed me to reproduce them on this page. The picture on the left dates from June 2001, the centre picture is from November 2002. The third picture is Redcliffe, the date escapes me....
Cruises depart from Poole, Bournemouth and Swanage pier, crossing Swanage Bay and sail along the magnificent Jurassic Heritage Coast – England’s only natural UNESCO heritage site. Passing close to (but not too close) Old Harry Rocks.
Another explanation is that the name is linked to the infamous Poole pirate, Harry Paye, who used to store his contraband nearby. In the 1770's, it was possible to walk from the headland of Handfast Point to Old Harry, which is the stack at the end nearest to the sea. Old Harry once had a 'wife' but in 1896 the majority of Harry's wife fell into the sea leaving only a stump.
The Paddleboat "Waverley" was built at the Pointhouse shipyard in Glasgow in 1946. She has been preserved and during 2000 was overhauled and rebuilt at Great Yarmouth. Many of the original fittings were retained and new safety equipment incorporated. After a break from Swanage due to the pier being unsafe she has returned and it's business as usual.
During the peak season the ship tours the country, stopping at various resorts for a couple of weeks and offering cruises around local landmarks. This year (2012) The Waverley is due from 12th September through to 27th September offering trips from Swanage to Bournemouth, Yarmouth and Ryde (on the Ise of Wight), Lulworth Cove and Portsmouth dockyard.
Some quaint little Swanage streets, for no other reason than I like them.