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Dorset AONB, Visitor & Tourism Guide

The AONB, or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covers about 40% of Dorset.

It stretches along the southern coast of England from Swanage to Lyme Regis and inland as far north as Blandford Forum. The Dorset AONB is west of Southampton and the New Forest National Park. The Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB is to the north and both the East Devon AONB and Blackdown Hills AONB are to the west.

The AONB covers The Dorset Downs section of the South Wessex Downs ESA, Blackmore Vale, Yeovil, Scarplands, Blackdowns, Marshwood and Powerstock Vale.

It's home to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Famous attractions along this amazing coastline include Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Chesil Beach, Golden Cap and West Bay Beach and (East) Cliffs. You can walk the coast on the South West Coast Path.

Over to the east of the AONB are exceptionally popular beaches such as Swanage Beach and Middle Beach, Studland Peninsula.

Inland are attractions including Corfe Castle, Cerne Abbas Giant and Maiden Castle. You can walk the Purbeck Hills on the Isle of Purbeck or, further east, head up the hill to Abbotsbury St Catherine's Chapel for superb views down to Chesil Beach.

Major destinations within the AONB include Lyme Regis, Dorchester, Abbotsbury, West Bay and Swanage.

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The Cerne Giant

Located in Cerne Abbas, Dorset, South West England, England

Approximately 6.8 miles away.

One of the UK's most famous hill figures cut into the chalk downland by Cerne Abbas. Just under 60 metres high and 51 metres across. There are various theories as to the origin of the figure. Many believe the Giant dates...

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The Fox Inn, Dorchester
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Approximately 2.2 miles away.

Total Rooms: 11; Rates: 45 - 105 Per Night

Deep in the beautiful Dorset countryside, this inn offers excellent accommodation, food, and service in peaceful surroundings...

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River Cottage
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Approximately 3.5 miles away.

Rates: 615 - 1,425 Per Week

In the grounds of one of the finest 15th century country houses in England this charming thatched cottage offers very comfortable accommodation in lovely surroundings near the banks of the River Piddle. As well as shared...

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Yellowham Farmhouse, Dorset
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Approximately 4.8 miles away.

Total Rooms: 5; Rates: 50 - 85 Per Night

Nestled in the very heart of Hardy country beside Yellowham Wood, amid 120 acres of farmland and 130 acres of woodland, Yellowham Farmhouse offers peace and tranquility...

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