You’ve got one of the country’s loveliest counties at your disposal. Perhaps you’re a newcomer to this lush and pretty part of the southwest. Or maybe you’re a die-hard who’s been here for years but somehow forgotten how to take advantage of your surroundings, something that can happen to any of us; we become blasé about the things that are right there are on doorstep, to the point of almost forgetting that they’re even there at all. You can make your experience of Dorset come alive again and feel fresh and new by treating it as if you were a visitor, keen to make the most of your time. Here’s how:
If there’s an abundance of anything in this enchanted place, it’s beaches. All along the coast, they await you. There’s West Bay near the pretty market town of Bridport where much of the hit series Broadchurch was filmed. There’s Weymouth, Lyme Regis, Bournemouth and Swanage. There are beaches with pale sand and dramatic, overhanging cliffs, rocky beaches free from crowds where seals frolic, and pebbly beaches too. Something for everyone. Hardy residents swim all year round, so this refreshing activity needn’t be confined to summer.
- Discover the tourist attractions…
Why should the enjoyment of Dorset’s attractions be a pleasure in which only tourists can indulge? There are scores of National Trust homes and gardens with fascinating histories. There’s Thomas Hardy’s house, Sherborne Abbey, Swanage Railway Museum and Corfe Castle. You’ll find activity centres, museums, children’s farms and parks. Hie yourself along to visit-dorset.com to get the lowdown on everything there is to see and do.
- Enter the great outdoors…
Sometimes all the museums and houses in the world can’t compete with nature. Dorset is a rambler’s heaven, and opens spaces like the Moors Valley Country Park and Wareham Forest will more than delight the senses. Then there’s Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Golden Cap and Frome Valley. These stunning places give us a connection to the eternal, lifting us out of everyday care and allowing stress and anguish to fall away. What a ton