If, like me, you have a rock obsession, or just appreciate how amazing they are then you need to head to these Dorset destinations. Two and a half hours away from London, and it’s a completely different world. Pebble beaches, natural arches over the sea and gorgeous little villages, it really was a lovely break from the London chaos.
Where to stay in London, read my blog post on my staycation in London!
Best Dorset destinations
Old Harry Rocks
Three incredible chalk cliffs. Best seen from the sea, so maybe do a boat trip. I was there in December, so was a bit cold for a boat trip as it was so windy. But you can still see lots walking around Old Harry Rocks, not from the sea. They are at the furthest east part of the Jurassic Coast – which is a World Heritage Site.
Why is it called Old Harry Rocks?
There a few different legends. One is that the devil, once nicknamed Old Harry, slept on the rocks. Another is that a pirate from Poole called Harry Paye used to hide here on his ship waiting for other boats to pass.
Durdle Door is a natural Arch near Lulworth. I would say try and go for sunset if you’re an early riser, as it gets busy and in the morning you have the place pretty much to yourself. Go for walk along the beach but also walk up top, there’s a huge cliff with the most amazing views over the bay.
Lulworth Cove is actually at the same spot as Durdle Door! As you walk down towards the beach, you can already see the incredible blue water. I’ve never seen water like it anywhere else in the UK. I think it’s because the pebble beach has the white chalk cliffs in it and it makes the water the most amazing colour.
If you like a hike, then heads to Worbarrow Bay. There are some walks that are less strenuous, along the beach for example. BUT if you walk right up the steepest hill ever, you get an incredible view. We were naughty and jumped over the barbed wire to get this shot. It’s part of a military firing range so watch out! And again here, such blue water.
What to Eat? Try a Cornish Pasty!
And last but not least make sure you try a Cornish Pasty! Pastry filled with delicious fillings like steak and mushroom, and perfect if you go in December like me!!
Where to stay in Dorset?
There are so many unique properties to stay at in Dorset!
Head here to check out some properties in West Lulworth!
And here for a full list of Dorset properties!
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The white cliffs and beaches are stunning. Even in cold weather and it looks so dreamy. It sounds that you had a lovely adventure in Dorset. I definitely want to see more of the UK when I can. I enjoy your blogs 😀
I really need to see more of the UK!
Dorset looks stunning. Beautiful quiet beaches and white cliffs. Good to hear the legends about the Old Rocks! On the list . Soon I hope
Hope you made it!
All this beauty! In the UK! Great names too.
Great advert for Dorset with beautiful photos and info! Super 👏👏🤩
It was so lovely!
Beautiful blog! We are missing seaside walks. Dorset is amazing!
Like You I love rocks and coastal walks. I will make a plan to visit Dorset this year. You recommend it beautifully:) 💛 Where shall we stay?
In a Shepherds hut for sure!
Shepherd huts look great. Are they fully equipped and warm enough? 🤗
Yes the wood burning stove is super warm!
I would love to go before the crowds start arriving.
Looks truly amazing. I wonder about prices..