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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. Add Fleet to your Itinerary

    Fleet

    Dorchester

    A small, pretty, romantic village situated on the Fleet lagoon, setting for the famous novel 'Moonfleet' by J Meade Falkner, a stirring tale of smugglers in the 18th century. The village and most of its medieval church was destroyed in November 1824, when a ferocious storm caused a tidal surge 23...

  2. Add Evershot to your Itinerary

    Evershot

    Sherborne

    Evershot is the second highest village in Dorset at 625ft above sea level and is the source of the River Frome. It is a small, neat village, of only 200 inhabitants and has little changed since Hardy’s time. Despite its size, Evershot is a well known village, famous for its inclusion in much of...

  3. Add Cranborne to your Itinerary

    Cranborne

    Wimborne

    A charming village of red brick and cob houses on the River Crane. The village has two pubs, a restaurant, village stores selling local produce and a garden centre.

    Known as 'Chaseborough' in the novels of Thomas Hardy, the village was also popular with poet Rupert Brooke who stayed at the...

  4. Add Sydling St Nicholas to your Itinerary

    Sydling St Nicholas

    Dorchester

    Sydling St. Nicholas is a stunningly picturesque village, winding along the little Sydling Water with tiny connecting bridges to the ancient thatched cottages which line the banks. In the summer the walls are covered with roses and clematis and birdsong drifts from the gardens.

    The church of St...

  5. Add Corscombe to your Itinerary

    Corscombe

    Bridport

    Corscombe lies in lovely wooded country north of Beaminster with its main street climbing up the chalk hillside. It commands splendid views over Somerset from the upper road and is one of the most peaceful parts of Dorset. The famous republican Thomas Hollis lived here, benefactor of many...

  6. Add Sandford Orcas to your Itinerary

    Sandford Orcas

    Sherborne

    Sandford Orcas lies in a valley approximately 2½ miles north of Sherborne and was the crossing point of the confluence of three streams that rise in the Parish. in Saxon times, the water was forded over a sandy bottom from which the name SandFord derives. In the century after the Battle of...

  7. 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...

  8. Add Warmwell to your Itinerary

    Warmwell

    Dorchester

    This unpretentious village, the name of which is derived from a well of tepid water, has many aspects contrary to a typical Dorset village including several farms, a mill, the village, a great heath, watercress beds, a quarry and once an airfield used by the RAF during the Second World War.

    The...

  9. Holt

    Add Holt to your Itinerary

    Holt

    Wimborne

    Several scattered hamlets with wonderful names; Gods Blessing Green and Pig Oak, make up Holt, itself centred around a large green faced by pretty thatched cottages and a traditional village inn.

    Holt is recorded in the Domesday Book as the 'foresta de Winburne', a royal chase and forest. Known...

  10. Add East and West Lulworth to your Itinerary

    East and West Lulworth

    West Lulworth, Wareham

    The Lulworth Estate is situated in south west Purbeck and is owned by the Weld Family who live on the estate. The scenery around the area is stunning, with the estate boasting some of the most dramatic features of Purbeck and also forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Kimmeridge,...