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Dorset is perhaps most famous for its
Jurassic Coast (England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site), where
many unique and interesting fossils have been discovered and for providing
TV and film locations, notably Broadchurch and Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel, Far
From the Madding Crowd.
Inland, there is a wealth of interesting
palces to visit, not least the iconic Corfe Castle and various stately homes
and gardens. Over half the county is classed as an Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty (AONB).
Its 95 miles of coastline incorporate a
number of outstanding sights, including Chesil Beach, Durdle Door, Lulworth
Cove and Old Harry Rocks.
It has a relatively benign climate as its
neighbours to the west (Devon then Cornwall) soak up much of the strong
westerly winds and it benefits from the "south east climate" which
gets more sunshine than the rest of the country.
Not surprisingly, agriculture has been its
mainstay over the centuries but tourism is now a major player. Dorset is one
of the few British producers of ball clay, used in the ceramics industry.
The county also of course provides for some
lovely walking, with the Purbeck Hills providing great inland and coastal
views. The cliffs of Dorest are in many places extremely "crumbly"
and prone to landslips. There have been fatalities and you should keep well
back from any edges on your walks.
you need to buy any hiking equipment/clothing before your trip see the Hiking
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