The journey was good and on arrival we realised we had eaten at the hotel's restaurant a few years earlier when we stayed at cottages down the road. We ate there again on both nights mainly because the food is so good but also because it was the most convenient option.
Despite the freezing weather we ventured as far as the nearby beech at Studlands which was perfect for the wheelchair and we walked for a good mile before the icy wind persuaded us to turn back. Later we walked around the village of Corfe castle and paid a brief visit to the castle. Not much effort had gone into wheelchair access. I appreciate its a ancient building but a few ramps on the steps would have been quite simple and would have opened up a much larger area.
A brief spell of retail therapy resulting in the addition of a jade elephant being added to our mantle piece elephant collection ended the day before a puncture forced a slightly earlier than anticipated retirement to the hotel.
It was unfortunate that my speech had taken a turn for the worse during the preceding weeks as it meant there wasn't much conversation going on but having been stuck in the house so much recently, the change of scene was very welcome, and you can't beat a walk along a beech!