West Bay's imposing cliffs will be a familiar sight to Broadchurch fans.
St Catherine's Chapel dominates the village from its position high on a hill and beckons you to walk up to it for stunning views of the coastline.
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The sandstone promontory known as Hengistbury Head offers a quiet retreat for walking, cycling and wildlife watching.
Much-photographed and much-painted, Gold Hill is a Shaftesbury icon. This impossibly steep, cobbled street with its row of attractive cottages and pastoral Blackmore Vale backdrop is a local celebrity.
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It reportedly took 16 days for Cromwell’s men to bring down Sherborne Old Castle in 1645; only the imposing gatehouse, parts of the keep and the outer walls survive, surrounded by a moat.
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Lulworth lacks that slick, smarmy, touristy feel and instead retains the scruffy charm of a fishing village.
Stur’s cheese-making history is celebrated via the town’s annual Cheese Festival, one of the largest in England.
To the north of the village of Osmington is the White Horse, a depiction of George III on horseback, carved into the chalk hillside.
Strikingly remote and peaceful, despite its proximity to Poole, Arne is an RSPB reserve, comprising heathland and old oak woodland, provides a habitat for wildlife, including sika deer, and rare birds, such as the Dartford warbler and the nightjar.
Stretching for 18 miles between West Bay and Portland, Chesil Beach is the largest of three major shingle structures in Britain.
By far Abbotsbury’s best-known attraction is the swannery on The Fleet lagoon, which is home to around 600 swans (and various other canny birds who have taken up residence and exploit the very pleasant living conditions).
On the west side of Seatown is Golden Cap, which lives up to its name: the top of the cliff has a warm golden glow, which can be seen for miles around, and at 626 feet it is the highest point on the south coast of Britain.