Dorset (Slow Travel)
Local, characterful guides to Britain's Special Places
Publication Date: 02nd Aug 2024
Dorset (Slow Travel) guide. Holiday advice and local tips cover Weymouth, Bournemouth, Poole and Dorchester, South West Coast Path, Thomas Hardy country, archaeology and food. Features great pubs, B&Bs and cafés, Lyme Regis fossil hunting, Jurassic Coast, Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Studland Heath, Blackmore Vale, Isle of Purbeck and Broadchurch.
About this book
This new, thoroughly updated fourth edition of Dorset (Slow Travel), Bradt’s popular and distinctive guide, offers in-depth exploration of one of England’s most popular counties. Author Alexandra Richards, Dorset born and bred, shares local insights to offer a wider, more personal selection of places to explore than any other guide, including attractions known only to locals, who normally keep the county’s treasures to themselves. The result encourages you to slow down and appreciate why this county deserves repeat visits.
Dorset is quintessential rural England: rolling hills, thatched houses, winding lanes and stunning stately homes. Enchanting Dorset landscapes described in Thomas Hardy’s 19th-century novels are largely unchanged and are likely to remain so given that Dorset enjoys England’s highest proportion of conservation areas. The county is trimmed by the spectacular Jurassic Coast (starring locations such as Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove), England’s first natural World Heritage Site, whose cliffs are continuously revealing their prehistoric, fossilised secrets. History buffs, meanwhile, will love innumerable sites of archaeological interest, including Britain’s largest Iron Age hillfort, Maiden Castle.
Practical information covers where and what to eat, where and when to go, what to see and how to get around. This fourth edition: integrates recent changes across the county; covers additional villages in north Dorset; celebrates child-friendly activities; introduces local food and drink producers, artisans and community projects; and suggests new walks.
Discover Dorset’s award-winning vodka made from milk; discover what really goes on at the Filly Loo Festival; challenge your tastebuds at the Great Dorset Chilli Festival; hunt fossils on beaches featured in the biopic film Ammonite, where Kate Winslet portrays world-famous palaeontologist Mary Anning; learn where never to say the word ‘rabbits’ (and why); discover the Lyme Regis rubber duck race; and get to grips with the fabulous Dorset dialect.
Whatever your interest, be it local food, tours of award-winning wineries, horseriding, relaxing on award-winning beaches or spectacular coastal hikes, Dorset (Slow Travel) remains the essential companion guide for both enjoying the obvious sites and getting off the beaten track to understand what really makes this gorgeous, varied county tick.
About the Author
Alexandra Richards (alexandrarichards.net) lived in the tiny north Dorset village of Stour Provost until her mid-20s. Career and travel writing then took her elsewhere (notably Australia, for several years), but she has always kept a base in Dorset, never wanting to sever ties with the county. Spending time away has given her a new appreciation for – and (visitor’s) perspective on – the area. Dorset’s hold on Alex has only grown stronger with time and in 2019 she returned to live there full time, close to where she grew up. Alex has explored the Dorset countryside on horseback, on foot, by bicycle and by 4×4. She has a particular interest in natural history and conservation, and enjoys following the work of the Dorset Wildlife Trust. Having grown up in a farming community, she has a real appreciation for Dorset’s local produce, which is some of the finest in the country.
Eye-opening and wonderful
The Sunday Times Magazine
It is impossible to praise this book too highly.
Dorset Wildlife Trust
Perhaps the greatest compliment we can pay this beautifully written and carefully researched book is to say that it should be on every Dorset-lovers’ bookshelves – or in the passenger’s seat pocket of every Dorset driver’s car. It is a treasury of fascinating facts, delicious food and drink, extraordinary events and a celebration of the history, landscape and people of this beautiful county.
The Fine Times Recorder
Additional InformationTable of Contents
Going Slow in Dorset
1 North Dorset – the Blackmore Vale, Cranborne Chase & Sherborne
2 Dorchester & the Piddle & Frome valleys
3 The Marshwood Vale & West Dorset
4 Weymouth & the Southern Coast
5 Isle of Purbeck
6 Poole, Bournemouth & the east