Here is a synopsis of what Dorset has to offer: the Jurassic Coast, Villages, Market towns, Communications, Properties, Economy, Schools and Leisure. For more details on all these subjects try clicking the links.
Dorset’s Jurassic Coast stretches from Christchurch to the Exe estuary. There are sandy and pebbly beaches, cliffs, stacks, coves, rocks. All wonderfully dramatic. From the East, Christchurch is the first town in Dorset, with a harbour, sailing, beach huts and a river winding through a busy town with a good range of shops.
Next, in Bournemouth , Poole and Christchurch, live half the county’s total population of 775,000. This area is divided into more than a dozen localities, of which the most desirable are Boscombe, Westbourne, Canford Cliffs, Branksome Park, Parkstone, and of course, the famously swish millionaire’s row which is Sandbanks, owner of the blue flag award for 26 years running. Bournemouth has 7 miles of sandy beaches, and Poole has one of the biggest and most interesting harbours in the world.
Sailing out of Poole and turning South across Studland Bay brings you to the quiet charm of Swanage and its Bay. From there the coast sweeps West past the Purbeck Hills and delightful Lulworth Cove to the holiday heaven that is Weymouth (another long sandy beach, but also a safe harbour with a good marina and plenty of visitors moorings).
South again past Portland harbour to the “Isle” of Portland itself, jutting into the Channel.
North West from Portland Bill along the 18 miles of Chesil Beach to the large village of Abbotsbury and thence to Bridport, a bustling energetic, foody town and Lyme Regis, the Western bookend of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.