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Are you searching for a refreshing break in a beautiful area of Britain which offers something for everyone? Then look no further - West Dorset is an area of amazing contrasts!
Come and drink in the breathtaking scenery, absorb its history and heritage, visit fun attractions with the little ones, lace up your walking boots for a cliff-top stroll or simply relax and rediscover the simple pleasures in life in our great outdoors.
West Dorset is world-famous for its prehistoric Jurassic Coast. The coast path is simply spectacular – amble at your own pace along the green-topped cliffs, breathe in the fresh sea air and savour the stunning 360 degree views. Back on ground level, meander around the buzzing harbours at Lyme Regis and West Bay – home of the real Broadchurch - and enjoy freshly caught fish and chips while watching the boats unload their catch.
Head to the beaches which stretch for miles; gaze at the sparkly sea and listen to the waves lapping at the shore – nothing is more refreshing and if you have a four legged friend in tow, there are plenty of places for him to run free. If you fancy finding your very own Jurassic treasure to take home, join a guided fossil finding at Charmouth or Lyme.
If you want to discover a true piece of rural England you have come to the right place! This is the heart of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, an area steeped in history and heritage with an air of magic and mystery and plenty of tales to tell and tasty places to refuel on your travels. Explore the patchwork of rolling countryside hiding mellow-stoned villages with their cosy pubs serving local delights and vibrant towns offering a bargain or two on busy market days!
Whether trekking on foot on the endless walking trails or free- wheeling on two wheels with the wind rushing through your hair, if you are looking for somewhere to recharge your batteries and reinvigorate your senses, West Dorset is definitely for you!
So how can you spend your time in West Dorset? While you are enjoying the outstanding natural beauty all around you, you’ll find a whole host of things to do which guarantee to keep everyone entertained.
Travel back in time, discover castles and ancient ruins, tour sumptuous grand houses and relax in their beautifully manicured gardens. Enjoy family time at a farm park and feed their imagination at a fascinating museum. Ever trekked with a llama or walked with a donkey? They’ll even carry your picnic for you!
West Dorset’s social calendar is bursting with events all year round from the quirky to the traditional – throw a Dorset knob, admire the Red Arrows or take in a classic concert, the list goes on and on!
For a real taste of West Dorset you need to come and stay awhile. Whether you're looking for a self-catering home to call your own, an elegant hotel, friendly bed and breakfast or guesthouse, hospitable inn or wonderful farm stay, it’s all here. Plus a lot of campsites and holiday parks are open all year too!
Stylish, yet unspoilt. Magical and mysterious…West Dorset will stir the senses and calm the mind – book your break and unplug from the daily rush!