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Plan a South England trip for the Bank Holiday

Posted by Rasmus O.



Due date
Tuesday, 15th May 2018
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My girlfriend and I would like to spend the coming Bank Holiday somewhere in the South of England but we need someone with local expertise to help us plan the perfect trip.

South of England is, admittedly, a broad term. That’s why we need some help. We hear Dorset is great but we are more than open to explore just about anywhere in South England.

You are asked to supply an itinerary for a trip including:
- Route
- Recommendations on what to do and where to stay (towns, areas or specific BNB’s)
- Recommendations on where to eat (Restaurants/pubs or even local farms that sell high quality food products to bring back to London)
- Local gems that we might not have stumbled upon ourselves.

- We’re picking the car up in Heathrow Airport at 10 AM Saturday and returning it Monday sometime in the evening.
- The route needs to include time spent near the sea. That’s what we miss the most living in London.
- Suggestions for activities like mountain biking or kayaking is appreciated but not required.
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My hometown is the new forest, but I live in London-however head home every 2/3 weeks.
I would say head down to Lymington first, it’s a cute little marina down and on Saturday morning you can look at the market, walk down to the quay and get an ice cream. There are lots of nice pubs (the ship inn and the kings head are fab), and the haven looking out on the boats is lovely too.
If you wanted, you could then go to beaulieu or lumdhurst in the forest and go for a forest walk and see the wild ponies. Lyndhurst is usually quite busy but there are lots of lovely pubs and cafes, and in beaulieu you have the beaulieu motor museum which is nice rain or shine. There is also exbury gardens in beaulieu.
After staying in Lymington the next day you could visit Bournemouth and or Poole. During the day in bournemouth you could wander around the town, head down to the beach, or head to sanbanks which is beautiful. I would there for the evening- the beach is spectacular (especially at sunset!)
If you wanted to on the Monday,
You could either go to brownsea island or you could get the ferry to studland, beautiful scenery and go to The Pig at studland-amazing food (and nice hotel).

If you’re interested I can let you know Any other places or recommendations to eat or stay in that area! It’s truly lovely :)
I do a trip to Cornwall each year and know it pretty much back to front. Great variety of price options I can suggest, easy day trips with less than 30 mins driving and good coastal paths for walking/cycling.

Although not a surfer myself, I can suggest easy options to do cheap water sports.
Have you thought about the Isle of Wight.
I lived there 7 years and know the place really well. If you are interested let me know and i'll make an offer.
Rasmus O.poster
Hey Paul. Not a bad suggestion. Thanks for that. Just looked at the Wightlink and it looks like the prices are inflated over the bank holiday. It's £90 each way which is money that I'd like to spend elsewhere. Hope to visit one day though.
Yeah its not the cheapest crossing but well worth the money. Good luck with your trip.
I don't have time to give proper details but would highly reccommend bath for a weekend trip! Can go kayaking at the aquaduct there and in surrounding Bradford on Avon etc, could loop down through Eastbourne back to London etc!
(note my hometown is a place called frome - give it a Google it is well worth a visit - very nearby to longleat too which is lovely!)
I'm keen to find out more about this task.
Although I also live in London now, I was born and raised in Somerset so know that part South West of England well. I'm a big fan of road trips and love to go exploring so would love to help you and your girlfriend with yours.
I'd be keen to find out more information such as how much time you want to spend driving, how many places you want to see, what types of accommodation, budget, etc. Thanks, Caz
Rasmus O.poster
Hi Caz. Somerset is definitely interesting. We don't mind driving if it takes us to an awesome place but over 3 hours a day might be a little much. We don't have a set number of places we wan't to see since we don't even know where we're going. I'd rather miss something and not be stressed out. I hoping to find accommodation for around £80/night.
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