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The Countryside of Dorset

Discover the countryside of Dorset on holiday or on your doorstep


Dorset AONB
Covering over 40% of the county, the Dorset AONB includes some of the most dramatic and varied scenery in the country.

Countryside, coast and parks
Rights of way, walking, parks, coast & beaches and more on the council website.

The New Forest National Park
Discover Wildlife, Woodlands & Coastline on the official tourism site.

Dorset Wildlife Trust
Dorset Wildlife Trust nature reserves are great places to see wildlife, often in the most picturesque parts of Dorset.

The South West Coast Path
Come to the beach anywhere in the South West of England and you’ll be on the South West Coast Path and on the edge of an amazing experience.

Jurassic Coast Trust
The Jurassic Coast covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset.

Dorset Environmental Records Centre
Collates, stores and makes available information about Dorset's wildlife.

Dorset Walks
A vast collection of walks, free to download and print.

Studland Nature Reserve, Dorset
Studland Nature Reserve, Dorset

Sponsored Listings

Rural Retreats in Dorset

Rustic traditional cottages and converted barns, contemporary design properties, lighthouse cottages at Anvil Point and more, to suit all budgets and numbers of visitors.

Dorset Hideaways

Beautiful cottages and self catering accommodation in stunning locations in the Dorset countryside and on the Jurassic coast. Prices from affordable to luxury and for all size parties from the solo traveller to larger parties. Special Offers go up to 20% off. 

Latest News

RSS Dorset WT News
  • Bubble beach cleans and wild activities this half term 23rd October 2020
    Dorset Wildlife Trust is offering plenty of opportunities for families to get out and help wildlife this half term, with a ‘bubble beach clean’ at the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach centre from 24th October – 1st November.
  • Local artist helps raise funds for wildlife in Dorset 20th October 2020
    The Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre at Kimmeridge is celebrating wildlife with an art exhibition by local artist and volunteer, Rosemary Edwards, who kindly raised vital funds for Dorset Wildlife Trust through the 2.6 fundraiser challenge earlier this year. Rosemary tells us why she wanted to help.
  • New marine species spotted at Kimmeridge 6th October 2020
    Dorset Wildlife Trust marine wardens have reported sightings of two species that are indicators of climate change at Kimmeridge in the last few weeks: the anemone shrimp and furrowed crab.
RSS News – Dorset Local Nature Partnership
  • Board Member Recruitment 2020 12th October 2020
    Are you a keen advocate for Dorset’s natural environment? Are you committed to champion the benefits of our environment for wildlife, people and the economy? Do you want to help embed the environment into decision making in the county, supporting nature’s recovery, natural capital and nature-based solutions? The Dorset LNP Board is looking to appoint […]
  • Engaging with Nature 6th October 2020
    Luke Rake – Chair Dorset LNP It is a privilege to write my first blog post as newly elected Chair of the Dorset Local Nature Partnership. I have been a board member for some time, representing the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) but my interests extend far beyond the economic. We read a lot about the […]
  • Chesil little tern colony reaches 50 pairs in 2020 2nd September 2020
    Paul Buckley, Dorset LNP Board member and Richard Archer RSPB Chesil Beach Little Tern Project Manager The Dorset LNP invests a lot of effort in conservation policy and strategy work, but of course actual field delivery of conservation is critical and integral to success.  This month we focus on one of Dorset’s rarest and most […]
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