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Places to Visit

Dorset

A magical coastline 

Dorset means rugged varied coastlines and high chalk downlands. Squeezed in among the cliffs and set amid some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery is a chain of picturesque villages and seaside towns. Along the coast you’ll find the Lulworth Ranges, which run from Kimmeridge Bay in the east to Lulworth Cove in the west. Together with a stretch of East Devon, this is Britain’s Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, noted for its layers of shale and numerous fossils embedded in the rock. Among the best-known natural landmarks on this stretch of the Dorset coast is Durdle Door, a rocky arch that has been shaped and sculpted to perfection by the elements. The whole area has the unmistakable stamp of prehistory.

 

Hardy Country

Away from Dorset’s magical coastline lies a landscape with a very different character and atmosphere, but one that is no less appealing. Here, winding, hedge-lined country lanes lead beneath lush, green hilltops to snug, sleepy villages hidden from view and the wider world. The people of Dorset are justifiably proud of the achievements of Thomas Hardy, its most famous son, and much of the county is immortalised in his writing. 

Recommended in Dorset

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Summer Lodge Country House Hotel

This is a country house worth seeking out for top notch afternoon tea in an enviable location.
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The Spyway Inn

Peacefully located in the rolling Dorset countryside, this family-run inn offers a warm and genuine welcome and guests are made to feel at home.
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Rockley Park

This is a complete holiday experience, with a wide range of activities, notably watersports, and winner of Holiday Centre of the Year 2016.