Holidays are the time when we think most about finding the perfect spot to watch the sun go down. So if you’re visiting Dorset or lucky enough to live in the county, you can see some spectacular views at sunset; or for those early birds amongst you, sunrise.

Of course the beautiful coastline is a magnet for most people, but there are some great inland views too and if you manage to get to the right spot at the right time, you’ll be rewarded with memories which will last a lifetime - and something to share on social media too!

Magical Moments

If you’re lucky, you’ll be the only one at your chosen viewpoint (most likely at sunrise) and will be able to appreciate the moment for its peace and tranquillity, shared simply with the wildlife around you.

Visit Dorset has teamed up with some of the county’s best photographers to reveal the best locations to watch the sunrise or sunset. And with the Summer Solstice coming up, what better time to get up early and pay homage to Dorset’s amazing scenery and natural wonders.

Swyre Head

The highest point on the Isle of Purbeck, Swyre Head has views towards Corfe Castle and Kimmeridge on the Jurassic Coast. This is a favourite sunset location for Andy Lyons. You can park at the walkers car park near Kingston and then walk along a bridleway to reach the headland.

Swyre Head near Kimmeridge copyright Andy Lyons

Copyright Andy Lyons Photography

White Nothe

One of Owen Vachell’s favourites is White Nothe near Chaldon Herring. Sunrise and sunset can be seen from the top of White Nothe all year round, but photographically it works better at sunrise. This one is for keen walkers as it's a couple of miles from the nearest road and can be reached via the South West Coast Path.

White Nothe on the Jurassic Coast copyright Owen Vachell

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Chapmans Pool

Another of Owen Vachell’s top picks is Chapmans Pool near Worth Matravers. This is a sunset location and works best for landscape photography between September and April. You can park at the walkers car at the end of Worth Matravers village and then walk a short way along footpaths to reach the viewpoint.

Chapmans Pool near Worth Matravers copyright Owen Vachell

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Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach is fantastic at any time of year and captured beautifully by James Loveridge. You can see lovely sunsets on the beach at West Bexington or Abbotsbury. This is one of the easiest locations to reach as there is a car park right next to the beach.

Chesil Beach at West Bexington copyright James Loveridge

Copyright James Loveridge


Matt Pinner’s favourite sunset is at Sandbanks in Poole. Evening Hill has a panoramic view across the Harbour and benches to sit and admire the scenery or have a picnic. You can park on Shore Road right next to Evening Hill.

Sunset at Sandbanks, Poole copyright Matt Pinner

Copyright Pinner's Photography

Fishermans Bank

One of Steve Hogan's favourites is Fishermans Bank at Christchurch. The light across the water is just beautiful. The nearest parking is on Stanpit and then a short walk to the waters edge.

Fishermans Bank at Southbourne copyright Steve Hogan

Copyright Steve Hogan

Durdle Door

Picked by the Visit Dorset team as their favourite, the sunrise at Durdle Door can only be captured like this during December, roughly two weeks either side of the Winter Solstice (21st December). It takes dedication and some thermal layers to see it, but given the right conditions, it'll be well worth it. Of course if goes without saying you'll need a torch and to be careful getting down to the beach and back up again. And you'll probably need a few hot drinks to keep you warm too!

Durdle Door sunrise copyright Steve Hogan

Copyright Steve Hogan

Lake Pier

Lake Pier at Hamworthy, Poole is a favourite of many photographers, including Rick McEvoy. With views across Poole Harbour towards Arne, you can see some great colour skies at the sun goes down. There is a car park on Lake Drive and then a short walk along the harbourside.

Lake Pier, Hamworthy copyright Steve McEvoy

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