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There are plenty of places to see and visit in Dorset. Whether you love hiking or cycling, Dorset is a region where 20 hidden gems are waiting to be explored and visited. Check the top places to visit in the region and plan your next adventure today.

The top 20 Attractions in Dorset

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    1

    Golden Cap

    Hiking Highlight

    Standing at 626 feet (191 m), Golden Cap is the highest point on the South coast of England. From the cliff, you are afforded utterly breathtaking views over Lyme Bay to Dartmoor and ahead to the Isle of Portland.

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    Durdle Door

    Hiking Highlight

    Great natural spectacle. totally impressive

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    Corfe Castle

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Arguably the UK's most beautiful medieval castle ruins, Corfe Castle's history goes back over a millennia and it has long benefitted from its dominant position on the steep-sided chalk hill. …

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    Old Harry Rocks

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    The bridleway that circumnavigates Handfast Point gives you the perfect opportunity to marvel at these three huge chalk formations. From hereto can also soak up one of the most iconic …

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    West Bay harbour

    Hiking Highlight

    Part of the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, West Bay is a beautiful harbour settlement. Originally designed as a commercial harbour for nearly Bridport to export fishing nets, West Bay declined …

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    Hardy Monument

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The monument is not for Thomas Hardy, but was built in 1844 in memory of Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, Flag Captain of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. …

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    North Dorset Trailway

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Off road gravel path running between Sturminster & Blandford Forum

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    Corfe Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    This fantastic ruin dates back to the 11th century and was built by William the Conqueror. It occupies a gap in the chalk hills and dominates the landscape. It underwent …

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    9

    Highcliffe Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    Highcliffe Castle has been described as arguably the most important surviving house of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture, which flourished at the end of the 18th century and …

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    Old Harry Rocks

    Hiking Highlight

    These chalk formations are said to have received their name either as a reference to pirate Harry Poole, or because the Devil ("Old Harry") took a nap on them once. …

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    Swanage Beach

    Hiking Highlight

    Swanage beach stretches along the town's entire seafront and is mostly sandy with some pebble sections. There's plenty to do here, and the beach has lifeguards at the swimming section …

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    Chesil Beach

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    Known for Ian McEwan's novel On Chesil Beach, this is a really cool stretch to ride along as you're flanked by the sea on both sides. Bit busy with traffic …

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    Cakes are served on the cart that was used to carry T E Lawrence's (aka Lawrence of Arabia) coffin to his final resting place - just a few metres down …

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    Chesil Beach

    Hiking Highlight

    Author John Fowles described Chesil Beach as “an elemental place, made of sea, shingle and sky”. Backed by The Fleet, the largest tidal lagoon in Britain, this natural pebble beach …

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    Lulworth Cove

    Hiking Highlight

    With a white pebble beach and clean turquoise waters, the horseshoe bay of Lulworth Cove is an extremely picturesque place to find yourself. At low tide, you can explore lots of rock pools that are teeming with life.

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    Christchurch Priory

    Hiking Highlight

    At 311 feet (91 m) long, Christchurch Priory is an unusually long parish church and is longer than plenty of cathedrals. It’s mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086 but …

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    17

    Arne

    Bike Touring Highlight

    RSPB Nature Reserve and it has a cafe.
    Great views, beautiful walks. Cafe excellent and staff very friendly.
    Obviously pretty good for birders and there were some very excited 'twitcher' …

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    18

    Bat's Head

    Hiking Highlight

    Bat's Head is a chalk headland on the Dorset coast. At the base of the headland is a small bat's cave. From atop the cliffs, you are afforded wonderful views …

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    Moors Valley

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Great loop through the forest all well maintained with some rocks and duckboards. Good for CX practice or a fun ride with the kids. Go to the reception/cafe from the …

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    20

    Cerne Abbas Giant

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Ride down Acreman Street for a marvellous view of the Cerne Abbas Giant.

    Measuring at 55 metres (180 ft) high, the origin of the figure of a man wielding a …

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