“Dorset has no high mountains and no coal.
Everything else of beauty and almost
everything of utility can be found
within its borders.”
This was Ralph Wightman’s description of one of England’s most enchanting counties. Twenty-five miles of the county’s spectacular coastline has been awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO for its outstanding geology, an accolade that ranks it alongside the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef. The glorious coastal scenery includes beautiful Lulworth Cove, the strange natural formations of Durdle Door and the 10-mile long stretch of pebbles known as Chesil Beach. South of Weymouth, the Isle of Purbeck – famous for the marble that has been quarried here since Roman times – falls like a tear-drop into the English Channel. To the west is the charming resort town of Lyme Regi...