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Clavell Tower – a clifftop folly

The Clavell Tower with its Tuscan colonnade, standing in the middle of nowhere, falls into the British tradition of follies.  Built in 1830, its isolated location in beautiful Dorset countryside stirs the imagination, and has made it a focal point for walkers on the Kimmeridge Bay cliffs.  Thomas Hardy courted his wife there.  The tower was on the point of crumbling into the sea until the Landmark Trust took it under their wing, moving it stone by stone further inland, and opening it up for holiday rental.  Situated in the Jurassic World Heritage site, below the cliffs there is a shore with fossils and rock pools to explore. The cliffs are also hunting grounds for peregrine falcons.  Access to the Tower is by a steep coastal path, so rucksacks are recommended rather than suitcases, as well as a torch if you arrive by night.  More information here.


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Lighthouse holiday in the Orkneys

In a stark remote landscape, you can stay next to the Cantick Head Lighthouse on the island of Hoy in two self-catering lighthouse keepers’ cottages (All Grade B listed buildings, designed by the Stevenson brothers).  They overlook the Cantick Sound where porpoises, seals and whales are regular visitors.  Cantick head Lighthouse Cottages