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Guide To Holidaying In Dorset

A guide by Verity Burns

Dorset Located in the South-West of England, Dorset is a small gem of a county on the English Channel Coast. Made up of many small villages and a few larger towns, its rural beauty is unspoiled by unsightly city landscapes, leaving Dorset's rolling green hills and 90 miles of breathtaking coastline for you to explore.

Dorset has a long history of human settlement dating back to 8000BC and some notable archaeology, including the hill forts of Maiden Castle and Hod Hill. Most of Dorset's picturesque coastline was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001. This is hardly surprising with its unique geographical landforms such as those at Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, which are definitely worth a visit.

Of course, Dorset is also famous for its holiday seaside resorts of Bournemouth, Weymouth, Swanage and Lyme Regis to name a few. Teamed with good, safe beaches and the fact that Dorset enjoys more annual sunshine than any other county, you can't visit the area without allowing yourself a day to do nothing but kick back on the beach.

If you're looking for something a little more cultural than sandcastles and ice cream, Dorset still has plenty to offer. For example, visit the two homes of author Thomas Hardy in Dorset's county town, Dorchester, where such classics as Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure were written.

Old market towns like Blandford Forum and Shaftesbury will make you feel like you have entered a time warp whilst a trip to Brownsea Island from Poole Harbour is an excellent day out for nature enthusiasts. Just don't forget your binoculars!

Don't miss Dorset's regular annual events too, such as the Lyme Regis annual regatta and carnival in August, Swanage Railway's annual Diesel Day in November and the Dorset Flower Show in June. Check www.dorsetattractions.co.uk for an extensive list of activities and their dates.

After all that sight-seeing, you will have certainly worked up a hunger. You will be surprised at the great variety of food, whether you fancy fish and chips or a curry, it's all here.

One thing is for certain, if variety is important for you and your family, then Dorset is the perfect break for you.

Find A Holiday Cottage In Dorset

Granborough Cottage

Granborough Cottage

Bridport. From £375 per week

Granborough is the 'upside-down' cottage on the side of the Lancombes Farmhouse and has recently been converted to sleep 4, to give more comfortable accommodation.

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The Old Village Hall

The Old Village Hall

Stratton. From £351 per week

The Old Village Hall is a unique detached property overlooking the green in the village of Stratton. Set off the road, the orginal wrought iron railings enclose the sunny garden.

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Claydon

Claydon

Bridport. From £370 per week

Claydon offers single storey accommodation, open plan living and dining area with a fireplace and wood-burning stove.

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