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Looking to get away from it all? Need inspiration? Then look no further than the stunning, green rural idyll that is rural north Dorset.
Here’s plenty of ideas on where to go, what to see and where to stay in this gentle, breathtakingly beautiful part of Dorset.
When life gets hectic, we all dream of getting away from it all, to enjoy life’s simple pleasures of fresh air, space to breath, the chance to savour delicious local food and spend time together making memories to last a lifetime. Rural Dorset is the perfect place to do all these things and more.
Take time to explore the area’s rich history; discover country houses and glorious gardens, ramble along miles of footpaths in stunning countryside or take in some rural crafts at a local event.
Dorset’s countryside is almost entirely designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It includes iconic landmarks such Gold Hill in Shaftesbury (famous for the 1973 Hovis Advert) and many ancient hill forts such as Badbury Rings and Hambledon and Hod Hills. The countryside is varied and includes forests, heathlands, river valleys and spectacular views.
There’s plenty of opportunity to get out and about to explore and discover new things, have fun and get back to nature. Uncover some of the county’s flora and fauna from unusual orchids to otters and kingfishers, water voles to rare reptiles and 85% of the UK’s butterfly species. There are also RSPB and nature reserves to visit across the county.
Dotted throughout rural Dorset, are individual market towns with cobbled streets, hidden courtyards, great shopping and fascinating tales through history. Visit Wimborne with its Minster and unique Chained Library created in 1686, Blandford Forum with its own brewery and Sturminster Newton, host of the superb annual Cheese Festival.
Here, you will never be bored. Explore more than 4,700 footpaths, there’s archaeological sites to uncover, fun attractions to enjoy, stately homes to treasure and glorious gardens to discover.
Anglers will enjoy the area’s well-stocked lakes and rivers, and golfers have a fantastic choice of high quality, varied courses to challenge them.
Too active? How about indulging in our favourite pastime, savouring our delicious local food from a scrumptious Dorset cream tea, to rich Blue Vinney cheese, delicious Dorset Apple Cake and many other tasty treats.
There’s a colourful calendar of fun events throughout the year in rural Dorset. Here’s just a selection of what goes on; regular Farmers’ Markets, Wimborne Folk Festival, Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show, Great Dorset Steam Fair, Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival, Sting in The Tale – Festival of Stories, Milton Abbas Street Fair to pick just a handful.
Feeling tempted and want to explore more? Start planning your break away to your own little corner of Dorset and truly get away from it all.