Enid Blyton’s Dorset Adventure

9th August 2017

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It’s been 75 years since Enid Blyton first introduced her Famous Five, but the gorse, heathland and coastal paths traversed by the four children and their dog throughout their 21 adventures remains largely unchanged.

The best-selling children’s author visited Dorset many times over 20 years, and its beautiful coastline, islands and villages provided the inspiration for the settings of her much-loved Famous Five adventures.

With its crumbling castles, rocky clifftop paths, and beautiful beaches, Enid Blyton’s Dorset is the perfect place for a family break – and we have two parks right in the heart of Famous Five country make the perfect base for a vintage adventure. 

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Our Swanage Coastal Park, high in the hills above Swanage, has spectacular views of the Jurassic Coast and offers the perfect place from which to explore Blyton’s Dorset. 

Once you’ve cut your jam sandwiches and packed lashings of ginger beer, there are miles of coastal paths to explore, with Corfe Castle and Studland both nearby.

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Just 15 minutes from the park, the seaside town of Swanage has something for all the family, with a beautiful beach and award-winning restaurants and bars. Enid Blyton made many trips to Swanage with her husband, Kenneth, swimming around the pier before supper at one of the town’s hotels.  

It’s an easy journey from there to the charming village of Corfe Castle, whose crumbling castle was the inspiration for Kirrin Castle, which the Famous Five visited in the first book, Five On a Treasure Island.

Swanage and Corfe are linked both by the Purbeck Way – a ridge-top walk with spectacular views – and the Swanage Steam Railway, so you can choose your mode of travel to you make your way to the famous ruins on the hill.

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An away-day from your Swanage Coastal Park base could also include a trip to Brownsea Island, which is the ‘Whispering Island’ of Blyton’s stories. Today owned by the National Trust, Brownsea is a haven for wildlife and is famed for its red squirrels. 

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Perfect for children to run wild on their traditional family holiday, Stoborough Heath between Stoborough and Corfe, is said to be the inspiration for Blyton’s Mystery Moor, and is a haven for flora and fauna. 

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Further down the coast towards Poole and Bournemouth, two miles from the market town of Wimborne, Merley Court Holiday Park’s beautiful 15-acre parkland location is another great spot from which to explore more of Blyton’s Dorset. 

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VisitDorset have a great Enid Blyton Country map (PDF) that you can use to follow in the great author’s footsteps. 

With all this and more right on our doorstep why not enjoy a Enid Blyton themed get away during the school holidays by booking a last minute holiday at one of our parks!