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The Countryside of Dorset

Discover the countryside of Dorset on holiday or on your doorstep

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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

CoolStays in Dorset

Everything from secluded thatched cottages to cabins and lodges, country and coast houses, yurts, beach huts and lodges, treehouses and even an ancient converted railway carriage. You can be sure whatever you're looking for you'll find it here, and more besides! All with nature on your doorstep.

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. 

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.

Latest News

  • 2020 vision: a look ahead for Dorset’s environment in 2020

    Dr Simon Cripps, Chair Dorset LNP They say it is only a brave or foolish person who predicts what is going to happen this year in these turbulent times.  So let’s call me brave and guess what may be happening to Dorset’s environment this year and in the immediate future.  This is purely a personal ... Read more2020 vision: a look ahead for Dorset’s […]

  • Portland butterflies put forward for Tesco Bags of Help scheme

    Saving butterflies on Portland has been put forward for the Tesco Bags of Help scheme and could be awarded up to £2,000 of funding - depending on the customer vote. Shops taking part in the scheme across Weymouth and Portland are: Tesco Metro, Lodmoor Hill Express, Lane House Express and Portland Superstore.

  • Dead dolphins & porpoises washed up on Dorset beaches

    Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has been made aware of reports that a number of dead dolphins and porpoises have been washed up on Dorset’s beaches this winter. We have been receiving information about sightings since 7th November 2019.

  • New website launched by conservationists & fishers about the benefits of Marine Protected Areas in Dorset

    A new website about Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) has been launched this week to highlight the important marine wildlife of Dorset. It aims to explain the complex and confusing system of Marine Protected Area management and to celebrate the benefits that come from careful stewardship, including high-quality seafood.

  • DWT runs half price membership campaign for January 2020

    Local people are being encouraged to act locally to help fight the climate change and ecological crises we are faced with by taking out half price membership in January, to join Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) - Dorset’s largest conservation charity.

  • Picnic in the Park: Living Well, Loving Nature

    Working with Active Dorset, Dorset AONB and Public Health Dorset, and local partners, Dorset LNP has co-hosted a series of public events to raise awareness of the benefits of using nature to support wellbeing – Picnic in the Park: Living Well, Loving Nature. The first event was held in Dorchester in September 2018, following an ... Read morePicnic in the Park: Living […]

  • Volunteers wanted at Kimmeridge Bay and The Chesil Beach Centre

    It's New Year, why not volunteer? DWT is appealing for local people to help with its wildlife conservation work in the Isle of Purbeck area and Weymouth & Portland. New recruits are needed to join a keen group of volunteers at both the Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre, Kimmeridge, and the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland.

  • Roman Villa re-discovered on DWT nature reserve

    An ancient roman villa has been re-discovered on a Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) nature reserve in west Dorset near Frampton. The results of the dig will be shown on the Digging for Britain series on BBC4 at 9pm tonight (4th December).

  • Free event to celebrate 25th Birthday of the National Lottery

    To help celebrate the 25th Birthday of the National Lottery, Dorset Wildlife Trust is running a FREE Discover Chesil Beach in Winter walk at the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, to thank the players of the National Lottery, who have enabled many wildlife projects in Dorset to be carried out.

  • Otter deaths increasing in Dorset

    Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has been made aware of a rising number of otter deaths in Dorset this autumn. Most deaths have occurred on roads and are thought to be due to otters resorting to using roads as recent rainfall has left them unable to swim under bridges in rivers.

  • Go green and help wildlife with Green Thursday

    As an alternative to Black Friday, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is holding its third Green Thursday on Thursday 28th November, encouraging local people to support wildlife and nature reserves in Dorset with their purchases this Christmas. 100% of the profit from our online shop products and visitor centre gift shops will go straight back into wildlife conservation in Dorset.

  • The Kingcombe Centre launches brochure with new courses & workshops for 2020

    Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) Kingcombe Centre, in west Dorset, has just released its new programme of courses and workshops for 2020. The courses and workshops include favourites such as the dawn chorus breakfast and chocolate making workshop, but also new courses such as a stained-glass workshop, and the Dorset Wildlife Trust conservation holiday.

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