Only 3 Days in Dorset – What should I see?

This is difficult for me, as there is so much to see and do in Dorset that it is difficult to condense my favourites in to 3 days.  But as I have a low attention span, I have collected from favourites from each area and recommend a whistle stop tour, with a view to choosing your best and revisiting when you return to Lancombe again.

Day 1

East of Dorset. 

 Travel to the beautiful and secluded Lulworth Cove, and see the iconic Durdle Door a little further up the South West Coastal Path.   Just before reaching your final destination, which is the pretty town of Swanage with it’s sandy beach, you must stop off at Corfe, where the amazing ruins of Corfe Castle can be seen. 

You could always get the Swanage Steam Railway for the remainder of your journey.  If you don’t want the stunning and iconic views, but some fun, you can always stop off on the way at Monkey World, or  Farmer Palmers.

Day 2

West of Dorset

Visit the sandy beach of Weymouth and travel along to the 18 mile stretch of Chesil Beach before reaching Portland and of course it’s famous Lighthouse Portland Bill.  Whilst that way stop off for a bite to eat at the Dorset Burger Company, where they serve handcrafted specialised burgers. Or take the dog along to the very dog friendly Aura Café, and if it’s a Saturday or Sunday, let the dogs take you.

Day 3

Go a bit further west to West Bay, made famous by the TV series Broadchurch, where you can either stop off at Rachels for a crab sandwich, or wait until you get a mile down the road to the very dog friendly Hive Beach and Hive Beach Café. 

You must, absolutely must, drive over Eggardon Hill and stop to take in the spectacular panoramic views over Eggardon Hill on the way to West Bay.  You can wander around the shops of West Bay or just down the road visit the Market Town of Bridport.  Carry on down the coast when it’s a bit quieter to try your hand at Fossil Hunting in Charmouth. 

If you get back early on either day, which I can pretty much guarantee you won’t want to. You can always pop down the road to the County Town of Dorchester and visit Thomas Hardy’s birth place and visit the many museums.   Then you can stop off in the vibrant Brewery Square for a pizza or something a little more special.