Author Footsteps: Blyton and the Castles, Smugglers and Caves of the Dorset Coast

This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series Literary London & Enid Blyton's Dorset

Enid Blyton spent a lot of time in Dorset. Elements of the Dorset coast can be recognized in her books, but Blyton’s imagination romanticized the landscape.

Author Footsteps: Following Enid Blyton to Corfe Castle

This entry is part 9 of 15 in the series Literary London & Enid Blyton's Dorset

My favorite childhood book series is Enid Blyton’s Famous Five mysteries. Ever since I learned that Enid Blyton’s inspiration for Kirrin Castle is actually Corfe Castle in Dorset, England, and in homage to the books, you can visit the real life Ginger Pop Shop in Corfe, I determined that one day I would go there.

Author Footsteps: Bill Bryson was Right about Dorset

I wanted to spend my time exploring Corfe Castle, strolling along the path atop the white chalk cliffs, and finding out if Swanage was still just as Bryson had described.

Literary Destination: Kenwood Estate, Home of Dido Elizabeth Belle

Visit Kenwood Estate at Hampstead Heath, London, England. It was the home of Dido Elizabeth Belle, a mixed-race child adopted and raised by an aristocratic family at the height of the slavery debate in England. Today Kenwood House is an art museum free to the public, and the grounds provide community park space. My favorite room was, of course, the library.

London Literary Destination for the Sherlock Holmes Fan

Most tourist attractions did not open until 10:30 – 11am. Only one, the Sherlock Holmes Museum opened at 9:30am. So we decided this would be our starting place, that is, after a stop at the small French bakery on our street corner for second breakfast.

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