Wool

Dorset isn’t all about large towns and tourist attractions, it has its fair share of charming rural villages as well, one of those being Wool on the Isle of Purbeck. Located near to the south coast, this village lies on the River Frome, and although small, still has one, quite significant claim to fame:

Thomas Hardy’s famous novel ‘Tess of the D’ubervilles’ was set in Wool, and used Woolbridge Manorhouse as the inspiration for a ‘honeymoon scene’ in the classic novel.

Wool’s other main selling point is its rail station, which lies on the Weymouth to London Waterloo line, with South West trains offering routes to major towns along the South Coast, and connections up the West Coast of England.

The one other notable feature in the village is Holyrood Church, which attracts parishioners from Wool, Bovington, East Stoke, Coombe Keynes, and East Burton. When it was originally built, it contained little more than a nave, but has grown into a fully-fledged parish church.

Arrive in Wool in the summer, and you may be able to experience the fun of Wool Carnival, otherwise there are a few shops, pubs, and accommodation choices in and around the village. It’s also close to all the attractions of Dorcester and Wareham, and places like Lulworth Castle and Park, and the well-known Bovington Tank Museum. If you’re planning a day trip or afternoon out, this would be a good part of Dorset to explore.