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Local Gems Dorset Experience

The Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, Thomas Hardy – just some of the famous names that we immediately associate with Dorset.

Dorset is probably best known for its rugged Jurassic Coast, and most of Dorset’s coastline is part of this World Heritage Site. This coast documents 185 million years of the Earth’s history through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. There are some interesting geological landforms such as Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Old Harry’s Rock and the shingle bank of Chesil Beach as well as gentle hills and rolling downs typically associated with the English countryside.

Dorset has one of the highest proportions of conservation areas in England and the South West Coast Path, begins at Poole in Dorset. The entire county is dotted with charming little market towns that still have their olde world charm and character.

The countryside is great for walking and cycling and there is an abundance of water sports on offer.