Visit Dorset

Dorset is one of southern England's most picturesque counties, and offers plenty to see and do, whether you are travelling with the family, looking for a romantic weekend break or exploring the several literary associations.

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Dorset has almost 100 miles of coastline and is home to some of the most well known seaside resorts in the UK, including Bournemouth, Lyme Regis and Weymouth. Bournemouth is the largest of the resorts, and offers all the activities and diversions you could want on a seaside holiday, while other parts of the coast are quieter and more relaxing. No visit to the area would be complete without visiting the Jurassic Coast, which stretches for almost 100 miles and has some of the country's most dramatic coastal scenery. The Jurassic Coast was designated as a World Heritage Site in 2001 and is known for its cliffs, stacks and arches; one of the highlights is the huge natural limestone arch at Durdle Door.



Inland, Dorset is a county of rolling hills and farmland, and there are hundreds of miles of hiking and riding trails across the county. Family friendly activities include several small zoos and nature reserves, and there are many companies offering adventure holidays or tours, everything from sea kayaking to horse riding. Dorset also has more than its share of stately homes and castles, including the 16th century Sherborne Castle, with its collection of paintings and antique furniture, and Corfe Castle, with stunning country views, along with gardens and a model village.

Seeing Dorset By Camper Van

One of the best ways to see the Dorset coast and countryside is by touring in a camper or caravan. Dozens of campsites offer either easy access to the coast, or one of the larger market towns. However, it's important to make sure your caravan or camper van is in perfect condition before you set out, and of course carrying out basic maintenance when it's not being used is also a must. Basic maintenance on your camper van would be much the same as on your car, including checking and topping up fluids, checking brakes, lights and wipers and also checking carefully for any leaks, especially if your camper has been in storage for some time. Don't forget to check the camper windows for leaks, and you also want to make sure the shower, toilet and kitchen are all working efficiently and safely before taking it on a trip.