The ITV hit Broadchurch reminded us all just how beautiful Dorset is when it burst onto our screens, and it showcases the county’s one of a kind Jurassic coastline in all its glory. If you’ve yet to visit and have been wondering if the programme showed the real Dorset then the answer’s a definite yes. Yes, the beaches really are that unspoilt, yes the views from the cliffs are breathtaking, and yes, much of the coastline is a Site of Special Scientific Interest thanks to its fascinating history.
If your idea of the perfect escape from everyday life is long walks along the beach and fossil hunting in the very places that have been the sites of some of the world’s most important dinosaur-related finds then head to Dorset. The beaches of Lyme Regis and Bridport make the perfect places to inspire budding palaeontologists and see who can find an actual dinosaur fossil, and if you’re after sandy beaches with plenty of space head to Bournemouth…a resort truly blessed in the beach department!
In fact, as Bournemouth’s officially the happiest place in the country then it’s the place to head to if you’re in need of some quality time somewhere special. Home to 7 blissful miles of sandy beach and the kind of family attractions that’ll have the kids wanting to stay on, Bournemouth’s got it all. Neighbouring Christchurch is easy on the eye too, and we’d recommend donning a large pair of sunglasses so you can spot celebrities as it’s a firm favourite with the rich and famous
Fossil-strewn beaches and prehistoric cliffs aside, the county’s home to some of the most beautiful stretches of the South West Coast Path (think Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove), and its starred as the backdrop to more films and series than we could shake a dinosaur bone at. From Nanny McPhee to The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Dorset’s coastal resorts have created the perfect settings for film after film.
More than a staggering 200,000 walkers traipse their merry way past Durdle Door every year, and if you’ve walked the section of coast path that passes through Lulworth Cove before then you’ll understand why it draws people in their droves.
Part of the World Heritage Coast, the natural limestone arch that juts out in the sea is a photographer’s dream. If you can make your way down the steep hill to the little shingle beach at the foot of the cliffs you’ll be rewarded with one of the best views in the UK and peace and quiet far from the crowds. If you want to take the historic coastline in without walking your socks off then you’ll find a whole host of boat trips keen to showcase the site from the water.
Whether you opt for a lodge with its own bubbling hot tub or a cosy cottage, thanks to its handy location Dorset’s perfect for a late escape…and many of you can be from your desk to the front door in just a couple of hours.