Dorset breaks rich in history

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It’s a long way from Calderdale to the seven miles of golden sands recently voted the best beach in Britain.

But, a visit to Bournemouth on the Dorset coast and the wider area is well worth the effort.

The town is an ideal base from which to explore The New Forest National Park which is the largest remaining area of lowland heath in Europe.

Historic properties can be seen in neighbouring Poole Old Town where there are elegant houses dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries and modern luxury is evident with the flash yachts in the town’s impressive harbour.

Inland at Salisbury is Britain’s finest 13th century cathdral which houses one of only four surviving Magna Carta documents dating from 1215 which formed the foundations of law and countries’ constitutions.

A trip further back in time could see you at Stonehenge to learn about life 5,000 years ago.

With so much to do and see and a busy calendar of events Bournemouth welcomes visitors at all times of year.

This year the town was voted the top British Beach destination in the UK by a TripAdvisor poll and it attracts people of all ages.

The elderly arrive for a relaxing break and younger generations for water sports and the wealth of attractions on the doorstep.

In the heart of the resort are beautiful Victorian gardens which are grade two listed and split into three sections and host many events, especially during the summer months.

I stayed at the 74-room Sands Hotel which has many repeat visitors from Yorkshire.

It is part of Daish’s Holidays which runs its own fleet of coaches - which pick up in Halifax - for short breaks at The Sands and the group’s sister hotels in Newquay, Torquay and Shanklin.

I found the hotel spacious with a friendly environment which is helped by people travelling together.

Daish’s customers tend to be mature and they are attracted by a value-for-money hassle-free coach holiday without which the south coast might be a trip too far.

Dinner, bed and breakfast is included along with live nightly entertainment.

Daish’s also provide coach outings during holidays with visits to Weymouth and Swannage both popular.

The consensus from my trip was that people had enjoyed the Daish’s experience.

It is not five-star but it must be one of the best value-for-money offerings with a six-day break in Bournemouth during October costing just £199. www.daishs.com 0844 8464680