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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
  • Free Will service returns for Dorset Wildlife Trust members 2nd September 2020
    This October, Dorset Wildlife Trust is once again offering its free Will writing service to its 25,000 members. The free Will service is for members wishing to make a simple Will or update an existing one. There is absolutely no obligation to leave a gift to Dorset Wildlife Trust for this service, but we would […]
  • Black bee re-introduction at the The Kingcombe Centre 13th August 2020
    Dorset Wildlife Trust is pleased to announce that it has introduced a colony of black bees at The Kingcombe Centre in west Dorset, to help re-establish their numbers regionally and compliment other projects in the South West*.
  • Wild Seas Centre opens with new art exhibition 11th August 2020
    Dorset Wildlife Trust will be re-opening its Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre in Kimmeridge on Wednesday 12th August and is celebrating with a new art exhibition.
RSS News – Dorset Local Nature Partnership
  • 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 […]
  • Time out to think about water, naturally 4th August 2020
    Fiona Bowles – Chair Dorset Catchment Partnerships Spending more time in the Dorset Frome valley on foot, bike and horseback during lockdown, I can attest to the value of ‘blue space’ for my personal well-being.  I have also knuckled down to some webinars and reading on watery matters. This has led to moments of high […]
  • Draft Dorset Ecological Network Mapping 30th June 2020
    DERC has undertaken a review of the Dorset Ecological Network Maps for Dorset LNP and we are undertaking an informal engagement on the draft maps below. We welcome comments on the maps until end of Wednesday 15 July. A revision to the guidance document is being finalised. The Maps will be fed into the evidence […]
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