United Kingdom Dorset

47 spots Public

Chris Frost

For a relatively small and sleepy county, Dorset is a photogenic powerhouse boasting some of England’s most recognisable landmarks from the geological wonders of Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Portland to the ethereal ruins of Corfe Castle, guardian of the Purbeck ridge. Whilst Dorset is deservedly famed for being home to the Jurassic Coast Natural World Heritage Site, it offers much more than just rugged coastline with over half the county being designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Inland, Dorset offers varied landscapes from elevated chalk downs and steep limestone ridges to extensive heathland areas, and in the River Stour, Dorset has an extremely photogenic waterway that meanders from North to South passing disused mills and quaint villages on its way. Dorset is not just a seascaper’s dream but offers a wealth of opportunity for those looking to explore a little.

With the majority of the Jurassic coast southerly facing, winter is perfect for capturing raging storm seas rolling in off the English Channel back dropped by sunrise or sunset skies. Spring through early summer sees rural fields and wooded areas full of blossoming oilseed rape, bluebells and poppies whilst autumn brings soft morning mists and atmosphere to locations such as Corfe Castle, Colmer’s Hill and the county’s woods and rivers.

Due to Dorset’s diminutive size and established tourism industry, all but a few locations are easily accessible with adequate parking provisions and minimal need for more than a light walk. Most locations are free from restrictions; however, the area around the Lulworth Firing Range can only be accessed at weekends and during specific holiday periods. When walking on the range, great care should be taken ensuring adherence to the guidelines provided at entrance gates. (Range walk info: https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/lulworth-range-walks)

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