THE JURASSIC COAST
No trip to Dorset is complete without exploring some of the diverse and beautiful 185 million years old Jurassic Coast. England's only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to hidden coves, historic harbours, amazing rock and cliff formations, and the many coastal and headland footpaths offer outstanding sea and country views.
Highlights of the West Dorset stretch of the coast include Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Lyme Regis and West Bay at Bridport.
This stretch of coastline is renowned for its abundance of amazing fossils, so a fossil-hunting trip is a must!
THE DORSET COUNTRYSIDE
West Dorset lies at the very heart of Thomas Hardy's beloved Wessex, and the landscape provides the backdrop to the author's many fine novels. Visit Thomas Hardy's birthplace in Higher Bockhampton ,and his later home at Max Gate on the outskirts of Dorchester (Casterbridge), both now NT properties.
This area is a walker's paradise, whatever the distance you choose. Enjoy enchanting woodland, dramatic hilltop views, or stroll along steams and rivers.There are many trails and footpaths, and for the more adventurous walker, the South Dorset Ridgeway and South West Coast Path are to be enjoyed. Dorset is also a great place to enjoy cycling along the many country lanes and cycle routes.
Explore the chocolate-box-pretty villages of Abbotsbury, Burton Bradstock, Lulworth and Milton Abbas and enjoy a slice of apple cake or a cream tea.