Dorset: The Perfect English Coastal Vacation

By on September 5, 2017

If you’re looking for spectacular stretches of coastline, quaint English towns, and historic ruins, then Dorset is the ideal place for you. Located in the south of England, this is a beautiful spot to explore with lots to offer and perfect for anyone, whether you are an adventurous traveller and hiker or prefer a more relaxing trip.

Hiking Trails

The natural beauty of Dorset can be breathtaking. And if you are someone who likes to go out and explore the great outdoors, you won’t be disappointed. There are many hikes and trails that allow you to experience the beautiful coastline, and enjoy a nice traditional cup of tea or local beer at the end of the day.  For example, the 7.5 km Tom Hardy-inspired Fontmell and Melbury downs hike gives both enthusiasts of his novels and non-fans alike, a taste of the Dorset countryside without being exhausting. This 6 km Old Harry Rocks walk stretches along famous salt cliffs and offers stunning sea views.  

The Old Harry rocks also mark the beginning of the famous beautiful and fascinating, Jurassic Coast. This stretch of English coastline passes through much of Dorset.  The Jurassic Coast also overlaps with part of the the southwest coastal path, which covers over 1000 km from Minehead in Southampton to Poole, on the eastern edge of Dorset.  

The Perfect English Coastal Vacation

Towns and Landmarks

And along with beautiful views and seaside walks, Dorset is also home to many historical towns and interesting landmarks.  The beautiful ancient ruin of Corfe Castle is probably the most famous, and for good reason. Another beautiful historic site is St Catherine’s Chapel, a 14th-century chapel located half a mile uphill from the charming village of Abbotsbury.  Not only is this mediaeval pilgrimage site of historical significance, but it also offers stunning views out to sea.  

If you enjoy staying in small seaside towns, there are plenty dotting the coast. Each giving you somewhere to stay and eat if you’re walking a greater distance, or a lovely home-base for daytrips.  Larger towns like Poole and Bournemouth might be less quaint and traditional, but have more to offer in terms of variety and nightlife, and can make an excellent beginning or end point.  


For campers, there is a huge number of campsites in the Dorset area where you can pitch your tent or park your motorhome.  Most sites are open to kids and pets, so regardless of your preference or price range, you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes.  

Regardless of what you want from your trip, Dorset provides a wonderful place to explore.  From a relaxing seaside holiday, to a more intense coastal hike, Dorset offers it all. And with a guarantee that you will want to come back again.

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