Enid Blyton's Dorset

Adventures in the golden countryside of the Famous Five, plus get active this spring in our April issue - out now!

Published: March 15th, 2017 at 10:43 am

Discover Enid Blyton’s Dorset


Mysterious ruins, secret islands and lashings of jolly good fun...Roam the thrilling landscape that inspired the best-selling children’s author, 75 years after her first Famous Five tale was published. 

Lambing spectacular

Taking children to watch baby lambs being born is one of life’s great joys.

Last call of the nightingale

Its song is a national treasure but the nightingale is in steep decline – and one of its strongholds is under threat. Paul Evans fears for this bewitching bird. 

Rowing for gold

Traditional gig-racing has long been a popular pastime on the Isles of Scilly. Why are so many people keen to compete in these rowing boats? Sian Lewis sticks her oar in to find out.

Eric Robson

The long-time presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time walks the landscape of the Lakes and recalls his rare friendship with the reclusive fellwalker Alfred Wainwright.

Easter treats

It’s the perfect time to celebrate the humble egg. Chef Claire Thomson provides four recipes for delicious dishes you can make at home (rather than shelling out for).

Great Days Out - Get Active this Spring!

Five peaks to conquer: Cross Fell, Latrigg, Ben Lomond, Sugar Loaf, Kinder Scout

Kayak the coast: Dartmouth, Devon

Five birding bike rides: Oxfordshire, Kent, Monmouthshire, Northern Ireland, East Sussex

Walk the border: Monmouthshire

Be a volunteer: Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, Powys

Take to the pedal: Black Mount, Argyll and Bute

Top seven ways to get walking

On your cover


A steam train passes Corfe Castle in Devon, illustrated by Tony Wilson of Jelly London



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