Local Attractions

The New Inn at Church Knowle is set in the rolling Purbeck Hills and is ideal for pub walks and is close to Tyneham village, Swanage Railway and more.

The New Inn nestles in the Church Knowle Valley and is surrounded in History and local attractions.

Try an organised and escorted pub walk by Jurassic Jaunts. Leave your car parked at The New Inn, take a guided pub walk tailored to your needs, and back to the New Inn for some great English pub food.

Explore the Ghost village of Tyneham, a deserted village since World War II. The Parish Church and School is maintained by the Army and there are many house ruins that can now be explored. On a good day there is a mile walk from Tyneham village to the spectacular Worbarrow Bay.

The towns of Wareham & Swanage are both just 10 minutes away by car. Nearby Arne Nature Reserve, Blue Pool, Poole Harbour and Studland Bay are all worth a visit for their beautiful scenery.

Monkey World and the Tank Museum at Bovington are all close by, we are surrounded by quality Camp & Caravan Sites, together with quality Bed & Breakfast establishments, and Holiday Cottages to suit every budget.

We have details of Local Taxis, for those of you that would like to take advantage of our traditional Real Ales and Wine Cellar.

Below are some of the great things to see and do in Dorset.

Swanage & Swanage Railway

Swanage is a small coastal town in the south east of Dorset, England. It is situated at the eastern end of the Isle of Purbeck, approximately 10 km south of Poole and 40 km east of Dorchester. The town has a population of 10,124 (2001). Nearby are Ballard Down, Old Harry Rocks, with Studland Bay and Poole Harbour to the north and with Durlston Bay and Durlston Country Park to the south.

The town, originally a small port and fishing village flourished in the Victorian era, when it first became a significant quarrying port and later a seaside resort for the rich of the day. Today the town remains a popular tourist resort, this being the town's primary industry, with many thousands of visitors coming to the town during the peak summer season, drawn by the bay's sandy beaches and other attractions like Swanage Railway.

Jurassic Coast - ideal location for pub walks

The Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site is England's first natural World Heritage Site - it is known as The Jurassic Coast. It covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth's history. World Heritage status was achieved because of the site's unique insight into the Earth Sciences as it clearly depicts a geological ‘walk through time' spanning the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

Tyneham Village - Frozen in Time

Tyneham Village in Dorset has been deserted for over 60 years, since the second world war. Before that it was an idyllic countryside village, only a couple of miles from the sea and the delightful Worbarrow Bay. It had it's own school, church and post office, several farms and lots of cottages and the mansion called Tyneham House, or the Great House as it was known. Life for the villagers was idyllic and simple. There was no electricity or running water but it was still a lovely place to live, free from the trouble and strife of the outside world. All this changed just before the Christmas of 1943 when the villagers were told they must leave temporarily,however they have not been allowed to return to this day and the village of Tyneham has remained as if frozen in time for the last 60 years. Tyneham History.

The Tank Museum

At The Tank Museum we bring the history of tanks and tank crew to life…

Supported by the world’s best collection of tanks & action packed live displays. The Tank Museum is the museum of the Royal Tank Regiment & Royal Armoured Corps.

Monkey World

Monkey World assists governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild. At the Centre refugees of this illegal trade as well as those that have suffered abuse or neglect are rehabilitated into natural living groups.

The Blue Pool

Set north of the Purbeck Hills between Wareham and Corfe Castle off the A351. The Blue Pool at Furzebrook constantly varies in colour. Very fine clay in suspension in the water diffracts light in different ways producing a spectrum of colour sometimes green sometimes turquoise. Set in a deep clay bowl, steps lead down to the waters edge or up to views of the Purbeck Hills. The Pool is surrounded by 25 acres of heath woodland and gorse interlaced with sandy paths that seem to take you to another world.

Corfe Castle

One of Britain's most majestic ruins and once a controlling gateway through the Purbeck Hills, Corfe Castle boasts breathtaking views and several way marked walks. The demolition of the castle in 1646 by the Parliamentarians marked the end of a rich history as both fortress and royal residence. With its fallen walls and secret places, it is a place to explore, a giant playground for children of all ages. The crumbling ruins and subtle invasion by plants and animals, along with its almost ethereal quality as light and weather change, all contribute to the unique atmosphere of Corfe Castle.

Margaret Green Animal Rescue

Margaret Green Animal Rescue is a pet rescue charity with animal rescue centres throughout Dorset and Devon which shelter animals until they can be re-homed. We have a large variety of rescue pets to re-home from pet rabbits, pet mice, dogs and cats to chickens, ducks, horses and goats.

Isle of Purbeck Golf Club

A visit here is a must for all golfers; the beginner is catered for on the 9 hole Dene course and the Purbeck Championship course proves an exciting test for even the most accomplished golfer. The Club dates back to 1892, and among the past owners, who were responsible for the extension to 27 holes, were Enid Blyton, the legendary writer of children's books, and her husband, Dr Darrell-Waters. The courses are built on heathland and are set within a nature reserve where many rare plants can be seen as well as rare birds. The restaurant has a well deserved reputation for excellent fare and very good value. We hope to make your next visit a day to remember.

East Dorset Golf Club

The Dorset Golf & Country Club hosts 27 holes of the most challenging golf in Dorset and is recognized as one of the golfing gems of the South of England. The Martin Hawtree designed; Lakeland/Parkland and Woodland courses are built to full USGA specification and are extremely well maintained, presenting excellent playing conditions for all levels of golfers. The Championship Lakeland/Parkland Course, Par 72, provides a great golfing experience with beautifully sculptured greens, surrounded by cleverly placed bunkers. The course also boasts some of the most picturesque lakes and waterways you could find on any course.

East Creech Farm

Welcome to the East Creech Farm Cottages and Campsite web site - featuring two well-equipped holiday Cottages and 80 pitch campsite. The Cottages and Campsite are located in the Purbeck Hills.

East Creech Farm is a working family farm. The ducks are always in residence on the pond or in the paddock and there are usually cows with their calves in fields nearby.

The Camping & Caravanning Club

Whether you're a seasoned camper, caravanner or motor caravanner, or new to taking your accommodation with you, joining the Club will help you to get more from your caravanning and camping holidays. As the world's oldest and largest Club for all forms of camping, and with over 400,000 members, the facilities and services are developed by people who share a love of camping and caravanning.

Langton House

Less than ten miles south west of Bournemouth lies the Isle of Purbeck – a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the source of the fine grey stone and unique dark green marble that bear its name. Rising steeply, in places to over 600 feet, within a mile of the sea, the dramatic Purbeck Hills create a natural barrier dominated by the striking ruins of Corfe Castle.

Kimmeridge Farm

We are located on a gentle slope in the village of Kimmeridge, with views of Kimmeridge Bay over our farmland which stretches from the highest point in Purbeck (Swyre Head) right out to the recently designated World Heritage coastline.

Kimmeridge Farmhouse was built in the 14th Century, with additional extensions added in the late Georgian/early Victorian times.

We farm 700 acres at Kimmeridge which is part of a total of 1800 which we have farmed since 1962. It is very much a working farm with much to see, including two dairy herds, sheep, beef cattle and corn which Jerry farms in a partnership with his two brothers and his father.

Spurwing Guest House

Spurwing Guest House is a 1930’s cottage-style house set in large gardens, situated close to the railway station and local bus stop.

The old market town of Wareham, offering a large selection of shops, pubs, and restaurants, is a short walk away.

The larger resort towns of Bournemouth, Poole, Swanage and Weymouth are within easy access.

Wareham is a convenient base for walking and cycling holidays, and exploring the Jurassic Coast, recently selected as a World Heritage site. In Dorset, there are plenty of activities, areas of outstanding natural beauty, great beaches - in fact, something for all ages!

The New Inn Church Knowle  |  A village inn in Dorset, near Swanage, that serves great English pub food and fresh fish

Church Knowle, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5NQ  |  Telephone: 01929 480 357


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