Enjoying a Cuppa in a Caravan on the Jurassic Coast - February 28th, 2012
There are many reasons to take a caravan to the Jurassic Coast. A caravan holiday allows you to experience the outdoors and wake up each morning surrounded by glorious countryside, but without the exposure to the elements that comes with staying in a tent in the ever-unpredictable English weather. It’s your trusty family home from home, and there are few better places to bring it to than the stunning, unforgettable ancient coastline that spans Dorset and East Devon.
Our Dorset Caravan Park
Arriving at our Dorset caravan park, you pull up and park your caravan in a beautiful leafy valley surrounded by green hills, with the sea only moments away. You can then relax and take your time settling in, knowing that all the facilities you will need through your stay are close at hand, with a nearby laundry room, baby-changing facilities and under-floor heated toilets and showers.
Water and electricity is all provided for you (16amp electric hook up), so what better way to toast your arrival in Dorset than by soaking up the scenery and sitting down to a nice warm cuppa while you plan how you’re going to spend your time in the county? The great thing about the Jurassic Coast is that you do things at your own pace here – there’s plenty of opportunity for relaxing as well as for adventure over the course of your stay.
Seasonal Pitches for March to November
Our hard standing pitches are able to accommodate English standard touring caravans up to 23ft (7 meters), made after 1996. Awnings can be left up for the majority of the season. Due to cancellations, we currently have a limited number of seasonal pitches available this year, so if you are interested please give us a call on 01297 560259
Walk of the Month: Seatown to Golden Cap - February 24th, 2012
Once every month on the blog this year, we’ll be doing a ‘walk of the month’ feature, which will shine a spotlight on a different walking route in West Dorset or East Devon. For this first edition, we’re focusing on Golden Cap, one of the most recognisable landmarks on the Jurassic Coast.
Golden Cap is the highest sea cliff in the South of England, at a height of 191 metres – 30 metres taller than Beachy Head in Sussex. Don’t be put off by its daunting size though – the summit of the cliff is easily reached by following the gently sloping pathway that leads up to it.
Starting Point: Seatown
Our walk begins in picturesque Seatown, a lovely seaside village 5 miles from Newlands holiday park. A car park is located just behind the seafront, which means you an opportunity to take in the pretty pebble beach and surrounding cliffs when you park up.
From the beach, we recommend you take the South West Coast Path and follow it west in the direction of Golden Cap. As the path steadily climbs, you will be treated to outstanding views of the Dorset coastline running down towards Portland.
The path gets progressively steeper the nearer you get to the top, so if you’re not a seasoned hiker it’s a good idea to stop and take a breather if you need to, while taking in the fabulous scenery all around you.
You’ll have no trouble finding your way to the summit of Golden Cap, and once there you’ll want to take in the views from both sides, with the distant Isle of Portland to the east, and Lyme Regis and beyond to the west.
When you decide to move on, continue walking west in the direction of Charmouth, picking up the South West Coast Path again and descending from the summit past the Earl of Antrim memorial. Once you have come some way down the hill, you will come to a junction in the path, at which point you go right, bringing you past St. Gabriel’s, a lovely little ruined church nestled against trees and shrubs.
Back to Seatown
Continuing on past the church, you will come to a lane, which you can follow until you reach a T junction. Take a right onto Muddyford Lane, and then follow the access road to Filcombe Farm. With Filcombe Wood on your right, carry on through the farm until you reach a gate at a fork in the road. The left fork will take you to Pettycrate Lane, which leads you on a gentle descent back down to Seatown. Turn right when you come to the main lane that runs through the village, and you will come to the car park where you began your journey.
If you’re not ready to leave just yet, Seatown has a great little pub called The Anchor Inn, where you can rest your legs after all that walking and enjoy a bite to eat or a nice refreshing pint!
The Grizzly Run returns for 2012! - February 24th, 2012
The Grizzly Run is always a highlight of the early part of the season for us, and every March it brings in a flood of new guests who are taking on the grueling 20 mile challenge.
For those who don’t know, the Grizzly Run is a hotly contested race that takes place every year on the Jurassic Coast, and is the UK’s third most popular long distance event after the London Marathon and the Great North Run. But unlike those two, the Grizzly Run covers not just paved roads but also pebble beaches, rocks, bogs, and very steep hills – so it is definitely not for the faint hearted!
With such a mixture of tough terrain, the weather can make a real impact on the race, with wind and rain potentially turning it into an extraordinary battle against the elements for the runners. It certainly doesn’t put people off though –
each Grizzly Run attracts over 2,000 competitors, with crowds of more than 6,000 regularly turning out to cheer them on.
The course starts on Seaton esplanade, one of the loveliest spots on the Jurassic Coastline. Our Dorset Caravan Park is just a few miles away, so is perfectly placed to provide a range of comfortable and affordable nearby accommodation for both runners and spectators.
This year we’ve got some top deals for the Grizzly Run weekend. We’re offering short breaks from just £110.00 for up to 4 people from 9th March – 12th March 2012 (the race itself is on 11th March). We also have en suite rooms available from as little as £45.00 per night.
There’s only a couple of weeks to go and we have only limited availability, so call us on 01297 560259 to book your accommodation and ensure you have somewhere to put your feet up after your 20 mile run!
Newlands Holidays – Great Place, Great Taste… - February 17th, 2012
For the ultimate Newlands Holidays experience, you simply can’t leave without stopping by to sample the culinary delights at our restaurant. Our chef, Alan Bird, is a dab hand at cooking a whole variety of fantastic dishes that are sure to satisfy any appetite.
On our evening menu, we’re serving up everything from classic British favourites like steaks and gourmet pies to more exotic fare like curries and pasta dishes, as well as Alan’s unique chef’s specials menu.
Taste of the West
Taste of the West was established in 1991 as the regional food and drink trade organisation for the South West of England. As a membership organisation, Taste of the West works to develop the region’s exceptional regional food and drink industry.
We’re part of the Taste of the West programme, which means we’re commited to using locally produced ingredients whenever we possibly can in our restaurant. It helps local farmers and suppliers, and also makes our food that extra bit special – we believe Westcountry farm produce is as good as you’ll find anywhere in the UK, and it comes to us fresh from source.
Lunch and light bites are served daily 12pm – 2pm
Evening dinner menu is served daily 5.30pm – 9pm.
Our 2012 Newlands guide booklet is here! We’ll be making these booklets available to all our guests at the reception area, so be sure to pick up a copy!
Within these slim pages you will find lots of useful information about the park and local area, as well as some great ideas for ways to spend your break on the Dorset coast, from boat trips in Lyme Regis to cave exploring in Beer. Everything you need for your Dorset holidays, in a handy pocket size booklet!