Dorset holidays

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A great walk to a great pub: the New Inn, Cerne Abbas, Dorset
Walk in the shadow of Cerne Abbas’s infamous giant then slake your thirst at a 400-year-old inn

Jon Woolcott

26, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Dorset with a hint of Finland: sustainable tourism on a weekend break
An eco housing development built on disused quarries offers visitors the chance to explore woods, heath and wetlands and enjoy lake activities

Adam McCulloch

10, Sep, 2021 @5:30 AM

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More drama than Broadchurch: a car-free trip around West Bay, Dorset
This area’s cliffs and beach were a focus for the TV show filmed here but there’s also nature, history and wildlife to savour on a bus-friendly break

Phoebe Taplin

01, Sep, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Fifehead revisited: my ride through north Dorset’s mysterious past
Cycling deep into Thomas Hardy country to uncover the story of an ancestral home that vanished (almost) without a trace

Jon Woolcott

24, Apr, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Gay, communist, female: why MI5 blacklisted the poet Valentine Ackland
A biography of the Dorset poet, who was a lover of the novelist Sylvia Townsend Warner, traces her struggle ‘to live as herself’

Vanessa Thorpe

04, Apr, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Why an everyday English field is my tranquillity base
Our writer’s special spot in a timeless corner of southern England holds a sense of deep peace and isolation

Jon Woolcott

30, Jan, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Country roads, take me Holme: Dorset to Norfolk by bike
A route on ancient walking trails across England makes for a challenging but magical ‘bikepack’ tour

Charlie Allenby

24, Aug, 2020 @5:30 AM

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10 of England's best quiet beaches
Want the beach but not the crowds? Take your pick from these blissful tucked-away stretches of beautiful English coastline

Clare Gogerty

30, Jun, 2020 @4:55 PM

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Country diary: yellowhammers woo their mates with a local song
Lambert’s Castle, Dorset: The hedgerows near the iron age fort provide useful cover for birds whose habitat is diminishing

Sara Hudston

20, Mar, 2020 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: in the mist it's easy to imagine long-gone days at the races
Lambert’s Castle, Dorset: The hillfort track hasn’t been in use since the 1950s, but legend dates it back to the Romans

Sara Hudston

20, Jan, 2020 @5:30 AM

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Top of the Bill: a car-free trip to Portland, Dorset
Our car-free coast series explores the trails, history and beaches of Hardy’s favourite ‘island’ on foot and by bus

Phoebe Taplin

24, Aug, 2019 @6:00 AM

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One goes mad in Dorset: camping on Scout island
The colourful history of Brownsea Island in Poole harbour takes in Henry VIII, Lord Baden-Powell and the Famous Five. Now the public can camp among its flora and fauna

Jane Dunford

20, Jul, 2019 @9:00 AM

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