Dorset has some of the most astounding natural beauty on offer in the United Kingdom. The attractions and surroundings have so much for every visitor to the county and provide an experience not to be forgotten.
Here we pick our six favourite reasons to visit this picturesque region of England.
When you arrive in Dorset you are immediately confronted by the county’s natural beauty. The picturesque beaches at Studland, the small coves and caves that line the coast, the quiet and idyllic towns and villages with their unique charm and the landscape of beautiful rolling hills and heath-land that extends inland from the sea. In every direction, at every turn there is unique woodland, beaches, cliffs and farmland all with their own intrinsic beauty. While autumn descends on this part of the world the splendour only increases as the greens of summer are befallen by the red and orange hues of autumn.
What is more quintessentially British than the Queen and Hugh Grant? Tea rooms, and Dorset has no shortage. These quaint little cafes can be found in any small Dorset village or town and a pot of tea served with scones is something no visitor should leave the region without trying. If you are lucky, one can stumble across a tea room with a sea view in Swanage, Langton or Wareham.
Golf enthusiasts have on offer some great courses in spectacular surroundings throughout Dorset and many are open to visitors and members alike. There is a huge variety of courses with something for the beginner to the advanced golfer on offer. The eighteen courses across Dorset cater for varied abilities and offer beautiful landscapes to tee off in.
The gargantuan cliffs which line the Dorset coastline are comprised of layered rock from the Jurassic period. These towering wonders of nature are an attraction in themselves and former quarries are open to the public to see the variety of rock contained within the cliffs. However the real attraction is that the cliffs are littered with pre-historic fossilised creatures of all sizes and fossil hunting walks are offered along the coast, giving you the opportunity to take a souvenir of the Jurassic home with you.
Because of Dorset’s varied scenery, there are many outdoor activities on offer in the county as well as a variety of attractions such as the working Swanage steam railway and the Bournemouth Oceanarium. Dorset’s countryside offers endless walking routes and cycle paths as well as horse-riding, fishing and for the more adventurous, climbing and coasteering.
Food & Drink
Dorset is known for the great food and drink offered in its many hotels and restaurants in every town and village. It’s proximity to the sea and rich agricultural tradition means that a huge variety of local produce is on offer to suit all tastes. The Crab House Cafe in Wyke Regis and the Olive Tree in Bridport both offer excellent seafood but exceptional food can be found all over Dorset.
A large variety of luxury and affordable accommodation across the county can be found at Casamundo.co.uk but our two favourite places to stay are Wareham and Swanage.