Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset


The treasures of the Jurassic Coast could tempt you to do little in Dorset beyond discover its coastal offerings. After all, an offshore island gives explorers the chance to see the magnificent red squirrel, the famous Sandbanks delivers a glimpse into glitzier lifestyles and Durdle Door is a geological charmer we just can’t take enough photographs of. But when you’re done mercilessly papping the coastline, turn your lens inland. Country walks lead you through wildflower meadows, woodlands and river-side paths. Museums hold everything from ancient shark teeth to colossal tanks and bookworms can wander through locations that Thomas Hardy peppered through his novels.

Escaping the crowds, madding or otherwise, is easier in Dorset than it might appear. Skip the Cerne Abbas Giant for a pub walk that affords you the opportunity to see the Dorset few might chance upon. Plot map points that lead you to tiny villages and scour the South West Coast Path for steps that lead to secret beaches. When you’re done, the animal sanctuaries and castles will be waiting for you.

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Breakfast, lunch and dinner in Dorset

Looking for a foodie destination that surpasses expectations on the south coast? Look no further than the beautiful county of Dorset. A jewel in the crown of England, feasibly you could spend a month eating your way around Thomas Hardy country and still not have indulged in all the fine fare that is on offer. Whilst delicious fish and chips are always a great seaside treat, if you scratch below the surface, Dorset delivers BIG on the culinary scene.

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The secrets of Dorset’s best beaches and bays

Dorset beaches are famously fossil-strewn stretches of coastline. But the bays, beaches and even the car parks are places to discover everything from secret coves to rare birds and sand that’s just made for sandcastles. Durdle Door is Dorset’s most famous natural wonder – but the heaths here hold natural finds of a different kind. One of the few places in the UK to spot all six British reptiles, Dorset is a wildlife lover’s haven. Family-friendly waters, Blue Flag beaches and even filming locations can be found on the best beaches in Dorset. The only dilemma? Choosing which one to visit first.

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Top 6 things to do in Dorset

From coastal walks to hanging out with the primates at Monkey World and a myriad of fun activities in between. There are so many wonderful things to do in Dorset, in all honesty it would take forever to list them all here, but whether you favour marvelling at monkeys, gliding across the water on a paddle board at sunrise or immersing yourself in the history at the tank museum, rest assured that you will have the time of your life in the jewel of the south coast that is Thomas Hardy country.

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Six of the best pub walks in Dorset

The only thing that can top Dorset walks? Pairing them with a pub pit stop to turn them into pub walks of course!. Not to be confused with a pub crawl. Pub walks take you to the best pubs in Dorset, adding a little history, local sites of interest, rare wildlife and sumptuous views on route. Our picks include coastal routes that combine smuggler’s caves and homemade pies, parkland romps that pair with gastropub menus and a pub with a collection of curios and fossils to browse.