The county of Dorset which winds along the Jurassic Coast boasts some of the most beautiful coast and countryside, with a climate of warm summers and mild winters due to its position on Britain's south coast. The towns of Poole, Weymouth and Swanage are popular for their beaches. Lyme Regis is one of Dorset’s most popular visitor destinations, home to glorious golden sand, stunning scenery and safe bathing waters protected by the famous Cobb, this charming town makes for a wonderful day at the seaside.
Dorset’s incredible coastline is famous for its fossil-flecked cliffs. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site due to its outstanding geology, take a trip through 185 million years of earth’s history as you journey along the shore. There are many famous spectacular geological landmarks along the Jurassic Coast including Old Harry Rocks, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and West Bay.
For the literary-minded, trace Thomas Hardy novels on open heaths and vales, used as a backdrop for his tales of love and tragedy. This is ancient Wessex; home of The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess, and Jude the Obscure. Whilst exploring the beautiful landscape, stop for a romantic supper in Tess of the D'Urbervilles' ‘Sow and Acorn’ (the Acorn Inn at Evershot), or visit the Isle of Purbeck, which is said to have inspired Enid Blyton's books.
Take in breathtaking views at the majestic ruins of Corfe Castle, the 1000-year-old fortress above a Dorset village that's filled with lopsided cottages. Explore the island of Portland’s rugged landscape and breathtaking views or discover its history, heritage and nature. Enjoy woodland walks and cosy inns, and immerse yourself in the romantic landscape that Hardy, the renowned writer, called home. From bluebell bedecked woodlands in spring and the vibrant purple of sun-warmed heaths in summer, to autumnal shades of golden yellow and drinks around cosy pub fires in winter, you’ll find something to love in every season in Dorset.