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.

Isle of Purbeck

You’ll chance across plenty of opportunities here for Slow Travel, including a ride through the peninsula on the Swanage Steam Railway. One glance at the map tells you that the Isle of Purbeck is not actually an island, but a peninsula of some 60 square miles bordered to the south and east by the English…

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…

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 is attractive, and knows it. If Sherborne were a woman, she would be an incredibly pretty, popular socialite who relishes the envy she generates in everyone else. 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.…

Blackmore Vale

Hills such as Hambledon and Bulbarrow encircle the vale, and provide fine vantage points over its neat fields lined by hedges, its woodland and its villages. Most visitors to the West Country whizz down the A303, overlooking the Blackmore Vale just beneath it and, as a result, the area remains remarkably unspoilt. It lies in…