Dorset away from the coast: exploring the Blackmore Vale

This unspoilt region is dotted with charming, quintessentially English villages, many of which are built from warm, golden stone.

The dos and don’ts of wild plants: an expert guide to foraging

Some helpful tips for foraging in the wild in Dorset from expert John Wright.

Walking for England: 11 of the country’s best walks

Whether you’re an avid hiker or just fancy a relaxing stroll, the UK has fantastic walking potential.

Worldly Appetites: Dorset apple cake

Savour the tastes of Dorset with this recipe for the county’s world-famous apple cake.

Christchurch

It is certainly worth visiting for its attractive riparian scenery and historic buildings, the most notable of which is its medieval church, Christchurch Priory. Although a close neighbour, the delightful, historic town of Christchurch, on the rivers Stour and Avon, is a world away from the bustle and modernity of Bournemouth. It is certainly worth…

Chesil Beach

If you saw such a thing in Dubai you might assume it was the zany creation of a capricious sheikh, but this is Dorset and Chesil Beach is all natural. Stand on Portland Heights or outside St Catherine’s Chapel high above Abbotsbury and look out to sea and you will be treated to the most…

Lyme Regis

An ancient seaside town at the heart of the Jurassic Coast and prime fossil-hunting territory. Lyme is one of the UK’s most popular beach resorts.  Somehow Lyme Regis doesn’t look real: with its rows of houses of every shape and size huddled together along the seafront beneath open fields and woodland, it looks more like…

Cerne Abbas

Known as the Rude Man, this chalk carving of a naked, club-wielding, 180-foot giant dominates the landscape no matter which direction you approach from. Travellers along the A352 are treated to a very unusal and surprising sight – the 180-foot-tall chalk carving of a naked man known as the Cerne Abbas Giant. He is also…

Food and drink in Dorset

Dorset is ideally suited to the growing and savouring of seasonal, traditional and local food; its fertile soils, long farming history and food heritage combine to provide a rich variety of tasty treats, from fish caught off the Dorset coast, to artisan cheeses, breads and ciders. Food A visit to Dorset would not be complete…

Sherborne

This ancient town marking the boundary of the Blackmore Vale has much to offer the visitor, including two castles, a splendid abbey and a charming town centre. Allow at least one full day to explore. Sherborne has an impressive aristocratic pedigree spanning hundreds of years and exudes a refined sense of style. In most towns…