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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. West Parley

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    West Parley

    Wimborne

    A large village with shops, restaurants and a pub. The village lies on the River Stour with some excellent views from the iron age fort at Dudsbury and a charming historic parish church.

    The village is close to Bournemouth (Hurn) International Airport, there are two popular garden centres on...

  2. Add Charminster to your Itinerary

    Charminster

    Dorchester

    Charminster is a small village 2 miles north of Dorchester full of delightful traditional cottages and possesses a typical Old English feel. It has two pubs and a superb Norman church, St Mary’s, which is unusually situated directly over the River Cerne. The Ham stone tower to the church was added...

  3. Add Melbury Bubb to your Itinerary

    Melbury Bubb

    Sherborne

    This attractively named farming village, tucked between a heavily wooded area and Bubb Down is refreshingly reminiscent of how the region would have looked in the 19th century. In Thomas Hardy's 'The Woodlanders', Melbury Bubb is known as ‘Little Hintock’ and is described as “such a small place...

  4. Add Burton Bradstock to your Itinerary

    Burton Bradstock

    Bridport

    Burton Bradstock is a large and pretty village, famous for its position along the Jurassic Coast with its iconic sandstone cliffs marking the start of Chesil Beach. The cliffs offer one of the finest examples of the distinctive, alternate hard and soft layered geology of the Bridport Sands, which...

  5. Add Burton to your Itinerary

    Burton

    Burton , Christchurch

    Burton is a village in Christchurch. It has a strong community feel with a village green as the hub. The Green has a local shop, doctors surgery and 2 churches. They have a yearly veterans parade and scouts carnival.

  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 Tolpuddle to your Itinerary

    Tolpuddle

    Dorchester

    Tolpuddle is a tiny, thatched village by the River Piddle which has become globally famous for the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. It was under a sycamore tree in 1831, that six hard working farm labourers led by a Methodist lay preacher George Loveless met to form a union in an effort to resist...

  8. Add Kingston, Worth Matravers & Langton Matravers to your Itinerary

    Kingston, Worth Matravers & Langton Matravers

    Wareham

    Kingston, Worth Matravers and Langton Matravers are found south of Corfe Castle.

    Stop in at the infamous Worth Matravers village pub to meet the locals and look around the fossil museum next door. You might be lucky enough to visit the pub when they have their annual Stone Carving or Pumpkin...

  9. Add Minterne Magna to your Itinerary

    Minterne Magna

    Sherborne

    The lush, beautifully wooded parish of Minterne Magna is best known for its grand Manor House in which many a famous family have dwelled including Churchill, Napier and Digby. Inside the small, late medieval church of St. Andrew, magnolia-washed walls are covered with monuments to these families....

  10. 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...