Almer is a small village in the east of Dorset, England. Almer is situated near the settlements of Winterborne Zelston, Sturminster Marshall, Huish Manor, and is opposite to the Drax estate. Dorset is a county on the English Channel coast and comprises of Christchurch and Bournemouth included in 1974, along with Poole and Dorset. It encompasses an area of 1024 miles, or 2653 kilometers. Dorset is bordered by Somerset to the north-west, Wiltshire to the north-east, Devon to the west, and Hampshire to the east. The county town is Dorchester, located in the south. Around half of the population lives in the South East Dorset conurbation, while the rest of the county is mostly rural and is not very densely populated. The county has a long and rich history of human settlement, which goes back to the Neolithic ages. The Romans conquered and took over Dorset's indigenous Celtic tribe, followed by settlement by the Saxons during the early Middle Ages who also made Dorset a shire in the 7th century. Like most similar settlements, it faced Viking raids and survived the Plague, also known as the Black Death. The first Viking raid on the British Isles was recorded to have taken place in Dorset during the 8th century, while in 1348, the Black Death came into England at Melcombe Regis. Dorset underwent much civil unrest through its history, including the suppression of vigilantes in the English Civil War in a pitched battle near Shaftesbury and the beginning of the doomed Monmouth Rebellion at Lyme Regis. The present day settlements of Dorset provide a peaceful and tranquil setting marked by manor houses and moors perfect for walking and birdwatchcing, while the large harbors of Portland and Poole are popular, as the former was the sailing venue in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Both harbors feature clubs and more for watersports and activities such as sailing, powerboating, Cornish pilot gig rowing, sea kayaking and more. Besides Almer, you can visit nearby towns such as Wimborne Minster to make the most of your stay, which has a variety of attractions such as the Minster Church, Priest’s House Museum, and the picturesque Walford Mill Crafts.
Things to do, things to see
Church Of St Mary
Founded by the Abbess of Shaftesbury, it is dedicated to St Mary. The church’s oldest part is the nave and dates from the 11th century, while the north arcade and aisle were added in the 12th century followed by the Purbeck marble font near the tower arch in the 13th century. The church has a roof of clay tiles and the tower constructed in the 15th century. The south wall of the nave was rebuilt in 1750 by the Bastards of Blandford with Heathstone. Here you can stop for a quiet, meditative moment and take in the ancient architecture.
Badbury Rings is an Iron Age hillfort found in east Dorset. The Badbury Rings site originated around 800 BC and was occupied until the Roman takeover of 43 AD. Now it is included in the Kingston Lacy estate, and is under the guardianship of The National Trust. The Badbury Rings site has been set as light grazing land and is beautiful with wild herbs and flowers, which have been growing here for many centuries. The site is nestled on the dip slope of Cranborne Chase, and at present is a part of the Kingston Lacy estate that is owned by the National Trust since 1982, with free access for the public. The National Trust offers walks that provide an occasion to explore this pleasant area with its Iron Age hill fort, and catch a glimpse of its flora and fauna, along with excellent views of the Dorset countryside – you can see the Isle of Wight from the top on clear days.
If you are packing along the kids, this family-owned attraction for young children is great for a friendly atmosphere with a petting zoo and activities such as woodland walks, milking demonstrations, bouncy castles, play areas (both indoors and outdoors), go-karts, a maize maze and a space to splash around in, so don’t forget to bring along towels! Kids will surely be entertained by the variety of activities and learn more about the world around them.
Not far from Almer is the Charborough House, also known as Charborough Park. It is a grade I listed building and features the manor house of Charborough’s ancient manor. The house is located right between the villages of Bere Regis and Sturminster Marshall in Dorset. The lovely grounds include extensive gardens and a deer park. It is opened twice a year for the public. St Mary’s Church is also under the patronage of Charborough Park’s Drax estate.
The World’s End Pub
When you set foot in The World’s End, you will feel as if you have stepped back in time. It is a splendid traditional country pub with a thatched roof, just steeped in old-time charm. The original portion of the pub dates from the 14th Century and was once the oldest pub in Dorset. However, the pub was damaged by a fire and eventually rebuilt in 1991. Thus while it retains its look from 400 years old the construction is newer. A fascinating sight was the ceiling of the original World’s End, which was full of signatures of many American servicemen that stopped here while waiting for D-Day. The framed signatures on the current ceiling now honor the old signatures. The pub serves good fare in a traditional setting, offering an outside patio area that is perfect for the summer along with the cozy interior with its oak beams and log where guests can enjoy tasty foods.
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