Dorset is a county of small market towns, pretty villages and beautiful countryside. It’s Jurassic coastline is a World Heritage Site – 180 million years of history in 92 miles.
The buildings of the area are varied from the imposing Abbey and the Castles at Sherborne, the fine houses at Athelhampton and Wolverton Manor to the wonderful range of thatched cottages and old shops.
There are many interesting churches, ancient hill forts, iron age workings and Roman remains.
One of Dorset’s greatest treasures was the author Thomas Hardy who immortalised the countryside mostly around the county town of Dorchester. There are many places still identifiable from his books and ‘Hardy Tours’ with a Blue Badge Guide are very popular.