Dorset certainly has a lot packed within the county’s boundaries. An exquisite heritage coastline, smugglers caves, rolling chalk hills and the famous Osmington White Horse Monument! How does one manage to squeeze in enough of Dorset in just a short break? We would suggest you gather a list of attractive sights, pubs and activities from a few we have pulled from Dorset’s list of veritable delights.
What’s the best beach in Dorset?
Everyone has their favourite beach and sometimes, choosing a favourite from Dorset’s unbounding selection can prove a difficult task, but we’ve tried to whittle it down and, suggest a short break in Dorset would not be complete without a visit to one of these gems, come rain or shine. Studland is the perfect family beach, with four miles of golden sands and perfect, calm waters for swimming. Throughout the summer, a range of activities are also usually available for you to enjoy - including beach volleyball!
If you are looking for something truly picturesque and unique then no better place fits these criteria than Durdle Door. Marking the start of the 95 mile Jurassic Coast, this arching shingle beach is perfect for snorkelling or, just lying back and taking in the beauty of the famous chalk arch. Capture your own postcard shot. An interesting site for the budding geographer, Lulworth Cove is a beautiful natural cove formed from the forces of both river and sea. The setting sun on the west facing cliff face creates a stunning sight. This little cove is truly a natural beauty.
Pretty Villages and Towns?
You’re in for a treat if you visit West Lulworth. This little hamlet is dotted with small shops and ice cream stalls meandering down to stunning Lulworth Cove. It’s unanimously agreed that no trip to Dorset is complete without a visit to Corfe Castle. This historic castle ruin stands on a natural hill, guarding the principle route through the Purbeck Hills; the surrounding village is a great place to stop, take refreshments, and mosey around this quintessential English village.
Milton Abbas is quite the historical gem, with an interesting story to boot. It’s famous for its ancient Abbey and Mansion, once close to the village, before the 1st Earl of Dorchester moved the old village of Milton over the hill, because it was ruining his view! The now existing village, designed by Capability Brown, are the focal point for many picture postcards of Dorset. The idyllic thatched cottages sat neatly side by side along the main village street.
Pubs and restaurants?
Obviously it depends on what you fancy, but we’re convinced that the HIX restaurant in Lyme Regis is definitely one to go onto your list. This bustling restaurant offers great food and an uninterrupted view of the harbour. It’s perfect for sipping wine and feasting on seafood delights as the sun goes down.
For a more romantic flair, it’s got to be The Corner Restaurant in Swanage, an intimate little restaurant with a cosy atmosphere and delicious food. Other great eateries, be they for simple pub grub or to nip in for tea and cake, you’ll find all you want amongst Dorset’s plethora of independent cafes and great village pubs.