This is our local village lying 1.5 miles away from Woodyhyde Courtyard. The picturesque village is dominated by National Trust owned Corfe Castle. In the Village Square you will find a General Stores, a Newsagents, The National Trust Shop and an excellent Bakers. The three pubs in the village all serve good food.
This small coastal resort lies 4 miles from Woodyhyde. It has everything you would expect from a resort including a large sandy beach, stone keys, Victorian Pier, lots of pubs, restaurants, shops and a theatre.
The hilltop village of Kingston with its interesting Church is 1.5 miles by footpath or 2.5 miles by road. A lovely stone village with a popular pub. Other local villages worth visiting include Worth Matravers and Langton Matravers, both accessible from Woodyhyde by footpath or road.
The old part of the town is surrounded by earth ramparts built during the Saxon period. The small but attractive Georgian town centre is complimented by the Quay on the River Frome that provides mooring for visiting pleasure craft and yachts. There is a market on the Quay every Saturday morning.
A drive West for about 40 minutes would get you to the historic county town of Dorchester or to the larger resort of Weymouth with its lovely Georgian seafront, beaches and fishing harbour. Driving 40 minutes east would get you to the resort of Bournemouth with its beaches, piers, shops and tourist facilities or to Poole and its harbour area. A passenger ferry service also links Swanage with Poole.
This deserted village lies on the army ranges a few miles west of Corfe Castle, the ranges are closed to the public when firing is in progress but access usually possible at weekends and main holiday weeks. The deserted village with its church, school and ruined houses is definitely worth a visit.