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My blog has focussed a lot recently on the fantastic places that I have visited outside of the UK, but I thought that today I would talk a little about the country that I live in, England. You would be right in thinking that when the weather is dismal the country is grey and dreary, but when the sun is shining there is not a prettier place in the world.

And I think that Dorset is the icing on the cake.

In the summer months, Dorset is a great destination for a weekend away of a trip to the coast, and it offers you plenty of spectacular views of the coast.

The Jurassic coastline is the first World Heritage Site that The UK has to offer, which spans through Dorset and East Devon. The landscape is rugged and its no surprise that it has joined the heady heights of the Great Barrier Reef and Grand Canyon, we have wonders of the world in England too! If you come to the area then you can hunt for fossils on the beach and visit the Dorset County Museum for a chance to see ones that someone else dug up. Keeps the dirt out from under your nails!!

The winner for most people along the coast is Durdle Door, which is one of the most iconic features in the region. It’s an arch in the rocks and it is said to be the most photographed rock formation along the coastline (according to my Dad). Each year there are over two hundred thousand people who walk along this stretch of the coast line, and it is truly beautiful. Due to the pressure of the spray from the waves, eventually the arch will disappear and it will just stand as a stack of rock in the water.

If you came across Dorset on a sunny day you would be mistaken for thinking that you were in Europe; we too have white sandy beaches and crystal waters! (although swimming in them is not for the faint hearted, be warned!) The best beach in the region has to be Sandbanks, where the rich and fancy free live.

The closest town to the beach is Poole, but the area is often nicknamed Britain’s Palm Beach by writers and journalists. The are has the fourth highest land value in the world, don’t you know!




About laurahartson Visiting the world one country at a time!!

11 responses »

  1. Wow! This is beautiful. I lived in England for 6 months but never made it to Dorset. I’ll have to go the next time I’m there.

  2. How fun to see such a different side to England. Who would have thought there was a sunny beach! Your beautiful pictures conjures the smell of salty sea air and sound of sand crunching beneath my feet. 🙂

  3. That arch is great – hopefully it will be around for a good long time yet.

  4. I love Dorset, it’s my favourite place in the world. Just got back from a few days in Bournemouth, it’s a shame it made the news for all the wrong reasons whilst I was down there.

    My favourite thing to do in Dorset is walking from Swanage along the coast path to Durlston Head. Either that, or cruising over Whiteway Hill in a nice car on a clear day!

  5. Wow, your photos are really selling the place. I’m adding Dorset to by list.

  6. Love the Durdle Door photo, I must have taken hundreds of photos of it in the past.

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Laura. I love Dorset too and this post (esp your pics) has reminded me I need to go back soon!

  8. This images are really great! I encourage you to check and join Pixoto at this site, It is a competition for photographers every week, and I think your photos could do very well.


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