The charming countryside in Dorset has been designated as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and it’s easy to see why. Behind our Jurassic Coast is a magnificent and varied landscape to discover with rolling hills, chalk downlands, colourful heathlands, tranquil woodlands and water meadows.
All this means that Dorset offers plenty of opportunities to get out and about and enjoy some fresh air and activities surrounded by some of Britain’s best countryside.
There are many walking and cycling routes that criss-cross the county, the perfect way to explore the countryside at your own pace. For a fun family day out, why not follow the popular Sika Cycle Trail which runs through Wareham Forest or try some of the many activities that Moors Valley Country Park has to offer?
You are sure to come across some fantastic wildlife as Dorset is home to some of the richest habitats for plants and animals in the UK. The protected heathlands in Purbeck, the ancient Kingcombe Meadows, the RSPB nature reserves in Weymouth, Durlston Country Park holder of the green flag award and Arne Nature Reserve are just a few of the wildlife hotspots in Dorset. For further information on countryside management within Dorset visit www.dorsetforyou.com.
Famously known as the heart of Thomas Hardy's Wessex, the outstanding beauty of Dorset’s countryside has charged the imagination of many other great writers, musicians, artists and movie makers. But don’t take their word for it – come and explore this magical landscape for yourself!
- Love visiting the countryside? Check our Coast and Countryside itinerary for information the unmissable natural sites of Dorset.
- For more detailed information about the beautiful countryside Dorset has to offer, visit www.dorsetaonb.org.uk
- Wherever you are in the Dorset countryside, please do your bit to help Keep Dorset Special and care for this important landscape and its communities.