Dorset Coast and Countryside

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Dorset is well provided with places to explore for those who enjoy getting out and about.

Walking Trails
The South West Coast Path follows the entire coastline of Dorset on its way to Devon and Cornwall.

Coastal Attractions
  • Jurassic Coast - the Dorset coast from Studland to Devon has been awarded World Heritage status for its geologic importance. Visitors can try their hand at hunting for fossils or join a guided fossil walk.
  • Chesil Bank and The Fleet - A striking shingle beach stretching 8 miles from Portland to Abbotsbury, Chesil Bank protects a shallow lagoon called The Fleet from the ravages of the sea. The Bank and Fleet provide habitat for a variety of bird and plant life, as well as a large colony of mute swans at the Abbotsbury Swannery.
  • Durdle Door - A natural stone arch which allows the sea to pass through. Located just to the west of Lulworth Cove.
  • Lulworth Cove - Lulworth Cove is a horseshoe shaped harbour within the grounds of the Lulworth Estate. The region is a geologist's dream, featuring some of the finest geomorphology and folding strata in Europe.
  • Purbeck Heritage Coast
    The heritage coast runs from Arne, in Poole Harbour, along the southern shore of the Isle of Purbeck to Weymouth Bay.
  • West Dorset Heritage Coast
    The heritage coast extends from Seaton in the west almost to the Bill of Portland in the east. This is excellent walking country. The South West Coast Path runs along the clifftops, but there are also numerous waymarked trails looping inland from the coast.

Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
This AONB takes in the heritage coasts of Purbeck and West Dorset (see above), and stretches inland to cover the broad chalk valleys and ridges of central Dorset. For information, visit the Dorset AONB Partnership website at or telephone them on 01305 224279.

Also partly in Dorset is the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB. More information at

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Shaftesbury (Self catering)
Cottage: HCMVALE, Shaftesbury

Melbury Vale Cottage

BARN CONVERSION SET WITHIN UNIQUE FARM IN 28 ACRES. SLEEPS 4+1 - This quaint semi-detached barn has been tastefully converted using redundant listed farm buildings and nestles within a 28 …
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Lyme Regis (Self catering)
Cottage: HCLYNDA, Lyme Regis


LESS THAN 1 MILE TO THE WORLD HERITAGE SITE TOWN OF LYME REGIS Lyndale is centrally situated in the village of Uplyme 1 mile from the ancient town of Lyme …
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Dorchester (Hotel)
Yellowham Farmhouse

Yellowham Farmhouse

Situated in the very heart of Hardy Country on the edge of the idyllic Yellowham Wood within 120 acres of farmland. The farm contains an abundance of flora and fauna which has been gently nurtured over the years. The accommodation is to the rear of the main house in a … more >>

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Shaftesbury (Hotel)
Hotel Grosvenor

Hotel Grosvenor

This beautiful listed building with its imposing and elegant Georgian facade has over the past two years been totally restored and renovated now offering contemporary bedrooms and a stunning restaurant serving a modern menu of locally sourced food. The boutique Hotel Grosvenor brings a new level of style and elegance … more >>

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