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Greentraveller's Guide to Dorset

Posted by Richard Hammond at 09:49 on Monday 23 June 2014

As part of our celebration of great holiday destinations in the UK, we've published a guide to the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty featuring local food and drink, places to stay, local attractions, activities, and how to travel to the area and get around by public transport.

Professonal travel writer Harriet O'Brien wrote and researched the guide, and has picked out a range of places that produce and sell delicious local food and drink and some wonderful walks and cycle rides where you can enjoy the best of the Dorset countryside, both along the world-famous 71-mile Jurassic coast and within the beautiful and varied landscape inland. Plus there's a selection of places to stay, local attractions, towns and villages, and how to get to and around the Dorset AONB by public transport.

Swanage railway at Corfe Castle, Dorset. Photo: Diana Jarvis/GreentravellerSwanage railway at Corfe Castle, Dorset. Photo: Diana Jarvis/GreentravellerAndy Foot, Dorset AONB Chairman and farmer, said: "Living and working in Dorset, I’ve got to know some amazing places and people, many tucked away and off the beaten track. We are pleased to work with Greentraveller on this guide, to show you some of the hidden gems that make Dorset so outstanding.

"Perhaps all visitors to the Dorset AONB head to the coast, and we don’t blame them! We’re very proud of the Jurassic Coast – England’s first natural World Heritage Site. But follow the Jurassic Coast geology inland and you’ll see such a varied landscape it’s hard to believe it’s all within the same county. The vast lowland heath in Purbeck and the rolling chalk downlands of Hardy Country. The valleys of North Dorset where I farm, and the clay vales and wooded hills of West Dorset. These landscapes each have a very different feel to them and are well worth an explore."

Harriet O'Brien (right), author of Greentraveller's Guide to Dorset AONB, says: "The Dorset AONB remains for the most part gloriously unspoilt and retains an otherworldly air due largely to the fact that no motorways pass through the region. In this Greentraveller's Guide to the Dorset AONB we’ve sought out an appealing range of sustainably sound accommodation and we’ve selected the best places for local food. So with a light heart and footprint, set out and enjoy."

By Richard Hammond

>> Greentraveller's Guide to Dorset AONB

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West Bay (Bridport Harbour), Dorset. Photo: Diana Jarvis/GreentravellerWest Bay (Bridport Harbour), Dorset. Photo: Diana Jarvis/Greentraveller


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