Ten Good Reasons to visit and enjoy Dorset

The scenery undulating hills, dramatic coastline and unspoilt countryside

Our first Ten Good Reasons to visit and enjoy Dorset is the landscape. West Dorset is renown for its rolling hills and far reaching views. The unsurpassed network of footpaths combined with the network of country lanes give the perfect opportunity for exploring and finding hidden places in this beautiful county. An example of this is to walk along the coastal path at Eype and you will find an unexpected place to stop, for a welcome lunch break or tea and cake at Downhouse Farm Garden Café

Relax destress and unwind in this quiet county

Just meandering and stopping off to visit the huge array of different places in West Dorset may be all you need to relax and unwind but if you are looking for a spa day or a spa package whilst you are staying at Gorwell then there are several options locally. Burraton Spa in Poundbury Dorchester is less than 10 miles away www.poundburyholistichealth.co.uk or Summer Lodge Country House Hotel in Evershot is also within a 30 minute drive.

Great fun for families

Why not start your family adventure here in our corner of Dorset.

There are lots of things to do for family fun and many comments in our visitors books say… ‘so little time with so many things to see and do here in this part of Dorset’.

Family beaches and Jurassic coast

We are fortunate to have all kinds of beaches here along the Jurassic Coastline. For those of you who like to go fossil hunting or looking for interesting items on the beaches then we have the incredible Worl Heritage Coastline just a couple of miles away. The Chesil Beach is unique for so many reasons. It stretches from Portland in the east to West Bay in the west and is part of the Lyme Bay area. From West Bay the coastline continues onto Lyme Regis. Weymouth with its beaches which are ideal for smaller children are ideal for those are looking for shallow waters to paddle and swim. East from Weymouth takes us to the smaller bays like Ringstead Bay which is a National Trust Beach with superb views of nearby Weymouth and Portland but is surrounded by unspoilt farmland and cliffs. Visit www.dorsetbeaches.co.uk for more information.

Watersports, walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, birdwatching,

With miles of coastline Dorset is a natural place for any number of watersports including sailing, wind surfing, canoeing, swimming, deep sea diving and surfing. www.icoast.co.uk will help you plan your activities along the Dorset Coast whether you are an experienced water sports person or if you wish to learn.

The miles of coastline also means we have an unsurpassed network of footpaths along the coastline. The SW coastal path stretches the full length of the Dorset coast and offers the most spectacular views . Being a rural county Dorset gives the opportunity for all types of outdoor activities including cycling, horse riding, golf, clay pigeon shooting, bird watching, angling either beach fishing, chalk stream and fly fishing or coarse fishing, or a number of extreme sports and adventures including zorbing and quad bike riding. There is so much going on here in Dorset.

Craft shops, makers and courses

We realise not everyone wants to have activity holidays and some would like to enjoy the wealth of creativity Dorset has attracted. We have a huge range of craft workshops, makers , and craft shops in Dorset.

Fantastic local food

We cannot mention too many times how great the food is in Dorset and of course it is one of the Ten good reasons to visit and enjoy Dorset! Please look on our Food page for lots more ideas and details.

Pretty villages and interesting towns

The list for historical interest in Dorset is endless. We have so much evidence of early settlements , Roman settlements, Jurassic Coast and fossils, archeological finds as well as more recent history and activity. www.dorsetforyou.com/heritage www.dorsetforyou.com/dorsethistorycentre

Country houses and gardens

Lets finish Ten Good Reasons to visit and enjoy Dorset with a rural county seeped in history also comes a wealth of country houses and gardens open to the public and Dorset certainly boats of its share. Sherborne Castle and Gardens, Kingston Lacy House and Gardens, Mapperton Gardens, Abbotsbury Gardens, Portland Castle, Corfe Castle, Max Gate, Thomas Hardy’s country home, Hardy’s Cottage, Athelhampton House and Gardens the list is endless.  Visit www.gardenvisit.com/gardens/in/england/dorset for more information.

OK there is so much to do here it is difficult to stop at 10!