Landscapes were the muse behind many of Enid Blyton’s books

Landscapes were the muse behind many of Enid Blyton’s books

Swanage in the 1980s

Corfe Castle 1982

The river at Wareham in the 1980s

First published in News

The Isle of Purbeck marks the start of one of the true natural wonders of the world - the mighty Jurassic Coast.

This World Heritage Site is home to beaches, nature reserves and is a stone's throw from numerous historic towns and villages.

Renowned for its breathtaking scenery, a trip to the Isle of Purbeck is like taking a step back through the ages.

The quaint villages, the rolling countryside and even the historic engines of the Swanage Steam Railway, seem somehow trapped in the Golden era of the Great British seaside holiday.

Little wonder the charming Isle of Purbeck, which in fact isn't actually an island, provided so much inspiration to Enid Blyton while she was writing the Famous Five stories.

The children's author regularly visited Dorset and the Purbeck landscapes were the muse behind many of her books - Kirrin Castle is believed to be based on Corfe Castle, Whispering Island is based on Brownsea Island and Mystery Moor is reputedly set on the heath between Stoborough and Corfe Castle.

And lest we forget PC Plod, the rosy cheeked bobby in her Noddy books who was based on the late PC Christopher Rone of Studland.

More information about the author can be found at The Ginger Pop Shop in Corfe Castle, which is an Aladdin's Cave of Enid Blyton memorabilia.

As well as strong literary connections, the Purbecks are famous for showcasing the natural world at its most striking.

From the ancient cliffs, containing dinosaur fossils, to the colonies of deer and protected birds at Arne, the area is a magnet for naturalists and ramblers alike.

If you like your culture more on the urban side, then historic Swanage and Wareham are the perfect accompaniments to the great outdoors. Having flourished from a small fishing village, today, Swanage stands proud as a popular seaside resort.

Picturesque hotspots include; Old Harry Rocks, Ballard Down, and Studland Bay and Poole harbour to the north. Durlston Bay and Durlston Country Park are also found to the south of the town.

The town boasts some beautiful architecture and is home to a plethora of great pubs, bars and restaurants.

And don't forget the deserted village of Tyneham, Durlston Country Park, Lulworth Cove and Castle and the beautiful market town of Wareham, with its stunning river walks and Saxon origins.

Corfe Castle commands a prominent position in the Purbeck Ridge and dates from after the Conquest of 1066.

The village was the place where Saxon King Edward the Martyr was murdered in 978.

With quaint tea-rooms and beer gardens to take in the sea views, rolling hills and natural wonders of the Dorset landscape; there is plenty for everyone to explore in Purbeck and the surrounding area.

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7:27pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Gingertree says...

What is this a new article entitled News that we all knew already I could have told you that 40 years ago when I was 5 Ffs you are a Newspaper try telling us some news we DONT all already know!
What is this a new article entitled News that we all knew already I could have told you that 40 years ago when I was 5 Ffs you are a Newspaper try telling us some news we DONT all already know! Gingertree
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11:47pm Wed 20 Aug 14

sprintervanman says...

probably not many children have heard of Enid Blyton now a days which is a great shame.Have built up a nice collection of the books which my Children still love to read and be read to from them.Weekend Family trips to the Isle of Purbeck would often include seeking out the places where the Famous Five would discover their next mystery.
probably not many children have heard of Enid Blyton now a days which is a great shame.Have built up a nice collection of the books which my Children still love to read and be read to from them.Weekend Family trips to the Isle of Purbeck would often include seeking out the places where the Famous Five would discover their next mystery. sprintervanman
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12:13pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Purbeck123 says...

This article should be put on the Navitus bay application.
Swanage an the purbecks are closest point to the proposed windfarm. Forget Hampshire and places, the Jurassic coast is best place in England. Forward it on Echo!
This article should be put on the Navitus bay application. Swanage an the purbecks are closest point to the proposed windfarm. Forget Hampshire and places, the Jurassic coast is best place in England. Forward it on Echo! Purbeck123
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