If you’re staying in Swanage for a week or more it’ll be on your list to explore the ins and outs of the town’s back streets as there’s a surprise in store at every turn. One of these is the picture-perfect mill pond hugged by a curving row of cottages with brightly-coloured doors – a little oasis in this busy town.

You can find it behind St Mary’s church (where, by the way, there are fantastic concerts held throughout the year). Keep on walking up the hill and you’ll reach the Downs – a haven for wildlife and fantastic private walking trails.