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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!
One of the most popular villages in Dorset is Abbotsbury, a picture postcard village set in the Dorset AONB countryside.
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.
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).
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.
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:
A chocolate-box village steeped in history and surrounded by spectacular scenery
A charming and quaint village that is world renowned for the Cerne Giant, a 180 ft high ancient chalk figure carved out into the steep sloping hillside above the village
A friendly village situated at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast, an ancient coastline of dramatic cliffs, fossils and beautiful scenery
Corfe Castle village is overlooked by the outstanding ruins of its castle perched on a hill in a gap in the Purbeck Ridge
An ancient royal hunting area now populated by small picturesque villages in a large open landscape dissected by clear rivers and streams
Owned by the Weld Family, the villages on this country estate offer stunning scenery and the famous Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Lulworth Castle.
A picture book English cob and thatch village on the Milton Abbey estate