This wonderfully picturesque corner of England, which encompasses West Dorset and East Devon, is renowned for unspoilt countryside, pretty villages, bustling market towns, and over 95 miles of breathtakingly beautiful World Heritage Jurassic Coastline.
The stretch of Jurassic coast that fringes the Dorset area, is the only World Heritage site in England, and tells the story of over 185 million years of history with its dramatic cliffs, secluded coves, and sweeping barrier beaches. Here you can uncover ancient relics on guided fossil hunts, explore characterful seaside towns, enjoy an invigorating cliff top walk along the glorious South West Coast path, or simply soak up some famous Dorset sunshine on one of the many family-friendly beaches. Summers are longer, and winters are milder, in this part of the world!
The highest point on the South Coast, the Golden Cap National Trust Estate near Morcombelake, offers breath-taking views in all directions from its rocky peak. Brace yourself for an exhilarating uphill walk and you will be rewarded with spectacular views as far as Dartmoor on a clear day, and real sense of achievement for reaching the top. There are 25 miles of meandering footpaths to explore within the Golden Cap Estate, perfect for exercising children or four legged friends!
Further inland, the scenic countryside, much of which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is scattered with ancient woods and hedgerows, and winding country lanes that lead to charming villages, complete with thatched cottages, tempting tea rooms and friendly traditional country pubs. An extensive network of peaceful footpaths and bridleways snake the idyllic countryside making it a haven for walkers, and anyone looking to unwind, relax and reconnect with nature.
There are numerous vibrant seaside resorts and thriving market towns to explore in the Dorset area.
The stylish seaside town of Lyme Regis, is renowned for its historic 13th Century Cobb harbour wall, beautiful sea front gardens, and family-friendly sandy beach. Lose yourself in its tangle of narrow lanes where you’ll find quirky galleries, shops, and tea rooms to explore, then head to the sea front to blow the cob webs away and take in the spectacular coastal views.
At the other end of Lyme Bay lies the bustling market town of Bridport, famous for its eclectic mix of shops, art galleries, and its abundance of award-winning food producers and restaurants serving locally made culinary treats. Less than 2 miles away, Bridport’s harbour, West Bay, offers a choice of two unspoilt sandy beaches, a quaint fishing harbour, and two piers from which more stunning views of the Jurassic coast can be enjoyed.
Active outdoor pursuits are an excellent way to enjoy the Dorset area to the full. Walking in Dorset and East Devon allows you to take in the area’s rural and coastal charms at a slower pace. The area also boasts a superb selection of circular cycle routes suitable for all levels, Dorset and East Devon. Another lovely way to explore the unspoilt countryside and bridleways is on horseback, Dorset and East Devon. For those seeking adventure on holiday, and a view of the Jurassic Coastline from the sea, a variety of water sports are on offer, including Windsurfing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding or Power Boating, Dorset and East Devon.
With so much to see and do, the Dorset area makes the perfect destination for a UK holiday cottage break.