Dorset Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by CDM7
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by CDM7
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by CDM7

Dorset Off The Beaten Path

  • Portland Bill Lighthouse.

    Portland Bill is a promontory on the most southern part of the county of Dorset.The coastline here is very rugged and open with strong tidal currents where many a ship has come to grief. The present lighthouse,which acts as a way mark for ships navigating the English Channel was built in 1906,and stands 41 meters high.The fog horn has a range of 3...

    more
  • Lovely walk to Durdle Door.

    Durdle Door is close to the village of Lulworth and is probably one of the most photographed landmarks on the Jurassic coast.The rock arch just off the beach was formed as a result of the softer rocks being eroded away behind the hard limestones,and this allowed the sea to find its way through. To reach Durdle Door you can either drive down to...

    more
  • Country walk down to the sea.

    Tyneham village is situated some 3.7 miles south of Wareham.As the land is a military firing range it is only open to the public at certain times,mainly weekends and school holidays.Parking is available by the village.The walk is about 1 mile and takes you down to Worbarrow Bay,which has a sand and shingle beach.Some areas are out of bounds to the...

    more
  • Tyneham village school.

    A visit to this little school is like stepping back in time,you can find it next to St Mary's church,with parking close by.The school closed to pupils in 1932. See website for opening times.

    more
  • St Mary's church,Tyneham village

    This is a small cruciform style church with walls of limestone rubble.The north transit and parts of the nave are medieval,dating back to the 13th century.However,the south transit was rebuilt in the mid 19th century.The church is now maintained by the military and has become the site of a permanent exhibition giving the history of Tyneham.

    more
  • Tyneham- a village frozen in time.

    In November 1943 notice was given to the population of about 252 people from 106 properties to vacate the houses and leave the village.As most of the properties belonged to the squire the occupants were paid compensation only for the produce in their gardens.They were promised their homes back when war ended,but they never got to return to live in...

    more
  • Great place for sea views.

    Durlston Country Park is a 280 acre countryside paradise with great views and walks.Here you will also find Durlston Castle,within which is a visitor centre and the Seventhwave restaurant. The Great Globe which is below the castle is a 40 ton limestone globe, 3 meters in diameter and engraved with a world map as it was in 1880. This is also an...

    more
  • Great spot for wildlife.

    Arne RSPB nature reserve is a 1250 acre nature reserve which overlooks Poole Harbour and is situated 5 miles from Wareham in Dorset.From the car park at the reserve it is about a 30 minute walk to Poole Harbour.Narrow sandy beach at waters edge good for a picnic.The Sika deer (which originally came from Japan) is common on this reserve.SEE VIDEO!

    more
  • West Bexington

    This is a tiny little village with access to a wonderful huge beach between Bridport & Weymouth (turn off at the Bull Inn). I only discovered it as I needed to turn around after dropping Derek of at a nearby hill for his paragliding. Cafe, toilets & a small car park which is being gradually eroded by the sea, are all the facilities here. There were...

    more
  • Stonehenge

    We visited Stone Henge enroute to Cerne Abbas, in Dorset.Other people have told me they were disappointed when they saw it. So I went not expecting very much.The first glimpse of it is from the road, as you are driving down into a valley... it is perched on the other side of the valley as it rises again.It isnt huge but isnt small either. I...

    more
  • Hardys Monument

    This monument was built 5 years after the death of Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy of HMS Victory in 1844, who lived 1 mile away in the village of Portesham. It is a wonderful panoramic viewing point with it being 770 feet above sea level & standing at 70 feet high. When we were up there a Chinook helicopter flew past at our eye level a...

    more
  • Bournemouth seafront - Boscum to...

    If you walk along the seafront from Boscum to Bournemouth, it's quite a bracing walk. There's many beach huts along the way with little porche's & coloured doors. You can rent these for a day & include's a kitchen area & four deck chair's.If you choose to walk along the beach, it can be quite tiring. If so you can catch a little blue land train...

    more
  • Isle of Wight

    We spent 5 days exploring the beautiful Isle of Wight, much more here to see & do than I was expecting, the highlight of my time here was to Osbourne House, the Italian style holiday home of Queen Victoria, beautiful house and grounds. The southern part of the island is much less developed & had a barren, wild feel to it. The islands most famous...

    more
  • See a castle.

    Corfe Castle was dismantled on purpose. Nice little village at base of castle i.e. had a pub that you can get a pint in after seeing the castle.

    more
  • Maiden Castle

    Only a couple miles from Dorchester, Dorset, is Maiden Castle. Don't expect to see a "castle," though; this is an Iron-Age Hill fort and probably the best prserved in Europe. Although started long before the Celts arrived in Britain, perhaps about 4000 years ago, it is a good example of the type of forts which the Celts used. The remains are...

    more

Dorset Hotels

See all 430 Hotels in Dorset
  • Best Western The Connaught Hotel...

    Great location being very close to the town centre and beach. Free parking!!! Good food, good booze...

    more
  • Hotel Rembrandt

    The Sunday evening carvery at the Rembrandt was recommended to my sister and I as good quality and...

    more
  • Hotel du Vin Poole

    This hotel is over 250 years old and you will find it in the old part of Poole close to the town...

    more
  • Summer Lodge

    9 Fore Street, Evershot, Dorchester, DT2 0JR, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Firstwood

    This reasonably priced B&B has 8 rooms. Our room was on the top floor, was very clean and it felt a...

    more
  • Mortons House Hotel

    49 East Street, Corfe Castle, BH20 5EE, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Royal Lion

    The Royal Lion is an old coaching inn, dating back to 1601, in the centre of Lyme. I've stayed there...

    more
  • Lulworth Cove Hotel

    Main Road, West Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5R

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Lord Bute Hotel

    Lymington Road, Christchurch, BH23 4JS, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Top Dorset Hotels

Weymouth Hotels
156 Reviews - 295 Photos
West Lulworth Hotels
22 Reviews - 57 Photos
Wareham Hotels
15 Reviews - 99 Photos
Swanage Hotels
45 Reviews - 156 Photos
Shaftesbury Hotels
2 Reviews - 5 Photos
Preston Hotels
1 Hotel
Poole Hotels
68 Reviews - 228 Photos
Osmington Hotels
4 Reviews - 4 Photos
Lyme Regis Hotels
46 Reviews - 108 Photos
Dorchester Hotels
69 Reviews - 222 Photos
Corfe Castle Hotels
56 Reviews - 192 Photos
Christchurch Hotels
5 Reviews - 33 Photos
Charmouth Hotels
5 Reviews - 6 Photos
Broadwey Hotels
1 Hotel
Bovington Camp Hotels
16 Reviews - 31 Photos

Instant Answers: Dorset

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

21 travelers online now

Comments

Dorset Off The Beaten Path

Reviews and photos of Dorset off the beaten path posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Dorset sightseeing.
Map of Dorset