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A pretty Dorset village

A pretty Dorset village

Dorset Villages

Dorset is home to some of the prettiest villages in England.

If you’re looking to wander down winding country lanes lined with sweet scented wild flowers, tinkling streams, thatched cobb cottages before chancing upon a quaint little village pub or tea room, you’ve come to the right place!

Picturesque Dorset Villages

One of the most popular villages in Dorset is Abbotsbury, a picture postcard village set in the Dorset AONB countryside.

Whilst here, visit the famous Swannery, or climb to St Catherine’s Chapel for tremendous views along Chesil Beach and the Jurassic Coast.

You’re in for a treat if you visit West Lulworth as the small hamlet is dotted with little trinket shops and ice cream parlours as it meanders down to the stunning Lulworth Cove.

Milton Abbas is also well worth a visit, with its uniformed line of thatched white cottages. Visit in July for the 18th Century Street Fair and be whisked back in time.

And set in the heart of Cranborne Chase, once a mediaeval hunting estate, are the intimate, rural villages of the Tarrants, Chrichels and the Gussages.

 

Quirky village names

Dorset villages have their fair share of strange place names and many of these are often cause for much tittering.

Whilst in Dorset you may find yourself in the Piddle Valley and stumble across the villages of Piddlehinton and Piddletrenthide.

Whilst strolling in the beautiful Purbecks, you may see a signpost to Happy Bottom. And, what other English county has such evocative village names as Whitchurch Canonicorum, Rhyme Intrensica or Gussage All Saints?

There is one village name in Dorset which is far too rude to mention here but bound to cause a few laughs, why not come and visit and see if you can find it (we'll give you a clue, it's near Bere Regis).

 

Villages full of folklore and history

Each Dorset village has its own character, history, individual charm and tale to tell.

Visit Cerne Abbas and see the famous club wielding chalk giant, imagine historic battles as you stand in Corfe Castle with its romantic castle ruins, stand under the Martyrs Tree at Tolpuddle, birthplace of the Trade Union and hear the whispers in the walls at Tyneham – Dorset’s ghost village.

Make a wish at the Upwey Wishing Well, hunt for fossils at Charmouth, visit Thomas Hardy’s Cottage in the forest at Higher Bockhampton or ascend to Ashmore, the highest village in Dorset.

 

Experience the rural ideal and explore Dorset’s villages

As you can see there are many quirky little villages in Dorset, each with their own history, claim to fame and individual mysteries just waiting to be discovered and unless you spend a night or two, there’s no way you will be able to see them all!

Fortunately, there's lots of great accommodation close to each of these villages so why not take advantage, simply click the links below to get started:

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  1. Longham

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    Longham

    Wimborne

    Longham is a linear village, with houses lining the road from the bridge over the River Stour to the pretty little church at the north end, where the parish abuts the town of Ferndown.

    There are two pubs, a village stores and hotel and restaurant. Longham is also home to Haskins Garden Centre,...

  2. Add Moreton to your Itinerary

    Moreton

    Wareham

    Moreton is a small village with highlights including St. Nicholas Church with its beautiful engraved glass windows by the late Sir Laurence Whistler. Why not stop in at the tearooms housed in the old school house or the village pub near to the train station?

    Tadnoll and Winfrith Heaths which...

  3. Add Witchampton to your Itinerary

    Witchampton

    Wimborne

    Described as "one of the most beautiful villages in the country" Witchampton's winding village street is flanked by timbered and thatched cottages with pretty gardens. The road into the village crosses the clear trout stream of the River Allen by means of a modern stone faced brick bridge which...

  4. Add Portesham to your Itinerary

    Portesham

    Dorchester

    A pleasant village, sheltered beneath the 776 ft Blackdown Hill. On the main road is a pretty 18th century house where Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy lived until 1807. It was also used in the Thomas Hardy novel 'The Trumpet Major' when Bob Loveday visited Captain Hardy to ask if he could serve...

  5. Add Chedington to your Itinerary

    Chedington

    Bridport

    Chedington is an attractive village made entirely of rich golden ham stone, high up in the chalk hills of West Dorset and is the source of two rivers, the Axe and the Parret. The village commands one of the finest views in the West Country and many visitors come to the area to marvel at the...

  6. Add Bothenhampton to your Itinerary

    Bothenhampton

    Bridport

    Bothenhampton is a Bridport suburb which has had significant modern expansion. The interesting feature of this village is that is has two churches, the newer of which is well worth visiting for any church enthusiast. Built in 1887, the new church was designed by the well-known Arts and Crafts...

  7. Add Bere Regis to your Itinerary

    Bere Regis

    Wareham

    Bere Regis is found in north west Purbeck between Dorchester and Poole and is a short distance to Moreton and Bovington. The beautiful Athelhampton House is just a short drive away on the edge of Puddletown village.

    The village features St John the Baptist church which has a history dating back...

  8. Add Poundbury to your Itinerary

    Poundbury

    Dorchester

    Poundbury is a high density urban extension to Dorchester, designed by Prince Charles, consisting of town houses, cottages, shops and light industry. The village, which is built on Duchy land, has followed a high-density urban pattern, focussing on integrating housing, shops and workplaces, rather...

  9. Corfe Mullen

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    Corfe Mullen

    Wimborne

    Featured in the Domesday Book, the residential parish of Corfe Mullen takes its name from Saxo-Norman meaning ‘a mill in a gap’ and the mill, on the River Stour, sadly no longer in use, is described in the book as the most valuable corn mill in Dorset. For many years Corfe Mullen was important for...

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    West Stafford

    Dorchester

    West Stafford is a small, thatched village in the Frome valley just to the east of Dorchester. The village has good connections with Hardy’s work, the church of St. Andrews being the apparent setting for Tess and Angel Clare’s marriage in Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Lower Lewell Farm, located...