Dorset is one of the most beautiful counties in England and has stunning coastal scenery, quaint villages with thatched cottages and rolling hills. This is the place that inspired Thomas Hardy to write Far From The Madding Crowd and Tess of The D’Urbervilles and where Enid Blyton developed characters in her children’s stories. Visit Corfe Castle and take a walk along the coast in the Purbecks.
Hunt for fossils on the Jurassic Coast where dinosaur skeletons have been found amongst the shells. At Weymouth enjoy the beach and take a walk onto historic Portland where sailing events for the 2012 Olympic Games will be held. Nearby the famous Chesil Beach makes an interesting walk. In the county town of Dorchester visit the museum and enjoy the shops. On a stormy night it is said that the stones on Chesil Beach can be heard in Dorchester.
Historic Wimborne with its Minster is magnificent and with the small characteristic market town a delight to spend a spring day. The county is dotted with ancient hill forts and bracing walks, and a general love of the outdoors.
In North Dorset visit the hill town of Shaftesbury and see an ancient abbey. Taste a cream tea at any of the local cafes and walk down Gold Hill, one of the steepest in England. Time for the beach, and Sandbanks or Studland are perfect for families.
Travel onwards to Lyme Regis and the Cobb where the French Lieutenant’s Woman was filmed. Such charming, picturesque and timeless places with a true love of nature, excellent local food, and a warm welcome to visitors. Dorset has no motorway or any desire to build one. It has remained the same for centuries and is a unique insight into rural Britain today and the keeper of so much culture and heritage.