From sandy beaches to rocky cliffs, sand dunes, natural rock arches, rare wildlife and, most famously, fossils galore Dorset’s Jurassic coastline holds every kind of coastal wonder. But leave the waves behind and you’ll find a very different Dorset. The Dorset Downs, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are a sweeping chalk landscape of hills and valleys that feels quintessentially English. The rivers and streams in this area are teeming with brown trout – fishing heaven.
Film-makers, poets and writers have all found the outstanding beauty of Dorset’s towns, villages, landscape and coastline to be inspiring…and it's easy to see why!
Even in this laid-back region there are still adrenaline-fuelled thrills to be had, from zorbing down hills and llama trekking to windsurfing or kitesurfing. And there are plently of family attractions to enjoy across Dorset - visit Monkey World or the Dinosaur Museum.
In our very first 20 minute exploring the UK, we join travel journalist Trish Harbord on her 48 hour journey to discover what Dorset has to offer.
First we take a look at the famous coastal landmarks at Durdle Door, and the beautiful beach at West Bay (as seen in BBC's Broadchurch). But the coastline isn't the only place to get some sand in between your toes, as we visit Lee at Sand World to check out his One Direction inspired sand castle, then head further inland to visit Upwey Wishing Well and the Cove House Inn set in the charming Dorset countryside.