How to get to Dorset?

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mummaberry Fri 15-Jul-11 10:07:01

Planning to drive to Dorset from London and seem to remember that the last time we did this, discovering that we had gone the long way round!
Is it quicker to go somewhere like Bournemouth and get a boat accross?

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yousankmybattleship Fri 15-Jul-11 10:10:11

Erm....Bournemouth is in Dorset. No boat required! I'm not surprised you got lost last time!

Where exactly are you trying to get to?

mummaberry Fri 15-Jul-11 10:43:32

Oh ha ha - sorry! Um.. tring to get to Swanage smile

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mummaberry Fri 15-Jul-11 10:44:06

i meanblush

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bibbitybobbityhat Fri 15-Jul-11 10:46:06

Put your starting point and destination in the AA route planner website. It takes you through every step of the journey, you can print it off and have it in the car with you. Has never let us down yet.

kahlua4me Fri 15-Jul-11 10:49:32

I think it is easier to drive although it does seem long.
Have never used the ferry though so may be wrong!

purplepidjincantatem Fri 15-Jul-11 10:58:48

M3, M27, A31, follow signs for Poole Beaches

bloody grockles messing the place up all summer


purplepidjincantatem Fri 15-Jul-11 10:59:23

PS the ferry finishes at about half ten, so you'll need to know both routes if you're coming down of an evening

mummylin2495 Fri 15-Jul-11 11:00:26

If you can find your way to sandbanks,you can get the ferry asross to swanage.

mummaberry Fri 15-Jul-11 15:22:28


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mummaberry Fri 15-Jul-11 15:22:56

Thanks mummylin!

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purplepidjincantatem Fri 15-Jul-11 15:34:04

Tourists, particularly those jamming up the roads. In Cornwall it's emmets

To clarify, I live down here smile

mummaberry Fri 15-Jul-11 15:47:52

Oh ok, in London we just call them "f**king tourists" when they jam up the tubes by standing still with their suitcase in the middle of rush hour wink

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purplepidjincantatem Fri 15-Jul-11 16:28:33

You got the same ones as us then. Round here they're usually showing acres of sunburned flesh and shouting about how crap the place is hmm wink

ElephantsAndMiasmas Fri 15-Jul-11 16:33:01

Erm, I thought swanage was...on land. I didn't get a boat there. Am i going mad?

purplepidjincantatem Fri 15-Jul-11 16:39:04

The ferry takes you across the entrance to poole harbour. It's quicker than driving round the outside. So no you're not going mad!

ChippyMinton Fri 15-Jul-11 16:44:37

The most direct route to Swanage using the ferry is to go via M3, M27, A31 then at Ringwood turn off to Bournemouth on the A338.
Continue into Poole, then follow signs for Beaches and Ferry. This will take you to the Sandbanks ferry (if you know the area you can cut through the back roads, but it's a bit tortuous to describe).

Your holiday starts now!
Join the queue, leave the driver in the car and stroll along and buy ice-creams while you wait. If you can, head for the right-hand side of the ferry as this side usually off-loads first. Have cash ready for toll on the other side.
Follow signs to Swanage.

ElephantsAndMiasmas Sun 17-Jul-11 23:05:02

THANK YOU purplepidjin, I was really worried that my geeography was even shitter than I thought smile

redfoxy Sun 17-Jul-11 23:17:12

grockles? lol Where I lived in Scotland we simply called them "tourrorists"

mummaberry Wed 17-Aug-11 08:07:34

So we took the chain ferry from Sandbanks - saves you 1/2 hour driving on a return journey. Mentally this is a good thing when driving for a long time with a toddle in the car!

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Bunbaker Wed 17-Aug-11 23:11:20

I suggest you use Google Map and click on the Get Directions tab. You put in your own postcode and the one of the place you are going to - if you don't know the postcode just put the street name and town in.

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