For many, Dorset conjures up the kind of halcyon holiday memories found in flickering 1970s home movies, and the county does still deliver arcade-loads of seaside kitsch. But it also offers so much more. Here you can hike, kayak or swim beside the sea-carved bays and rock arches of the stunning Jurassic Coast, then scour fossil-packed beaches for your own prehistoric souvenir. Immerse yourself in Thomas Hardy’s lyrical landscape, then discover massive Iron Age hill forts, rude chalk figures, must-see stately homes and fairy-tale castles. Hang out in resorts packed with party animals then chill-out on beaches beloved by multimillionaires. Or learn to harness the wind in 2012 Olympic sailing waters. These days there’s a whole new side of Dorset waiting to be explored.
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Lovers of science, listen up: our geeky instincts won’t be satisfied by yet another dreary natural history museum. If your brain cells are unstimulated by stuffed eagles and dusty models of the planets, Europe’s rich history of scientific discovery and wondrous natural sights are sure to inspire.
Dorset & Wessex Trails
Enjoy the peaceful tranquility of Dorset coasts and hills