Winter is one of the best seasons to explore the stunning beauty of Dorset’s coast and countryside. Don’t let the cold weather put you off this winter; dress up in your warm clothes and put on your walking boots and venture out to see some of the counties’ most stunning landscapes and wildlife.
Here are a few of our favourites:
Portland Bill and Castle
When a winter storm is about to hit, there is no better place to witness the spectacle of the huge rolling waves than Portland Bill. Take in the blustery views over the limestone cliffs and spot the seabirds blowing on the breeze. Why not stop at the Lobster Pot Café and warm up, with stunning views of the ocean it is the perfect spot to indulge in some homemade pie.
The Historic Blackmore Vale
Starting out at the beautiful village of Marnhull, you can explore the stunning countryside of Blackmore Vale. This is quite simply rural Dorset at it’s finest. You’ll climb over a kissing gate and stiles, and once you’ve built up an appetite, you can head to the 15th Century Blackmore Vale Inn where you can enjoy beautiful, locally inspired and seasonal food with a pint of real ale in front of a roaring wood fire. Dogs and horses are welcome here too!
Radipole Lake RSPB Reserve
If you’re a keen birdwatcher, then make a day of it at Radipole Lake Reserve. One of Weymouth’s most beautiful spots for dog walkers and families alike to enjoy a tranquil and peaceful walk. The winter months will bring sightings of Water Rail, Pied Wagtails and Pochard; you can also see a magical display of hoar frost on the trees and vegetation on a particularly frosty day. Binocular hire is available here and there are also guided walks. After an enjoyable walk around the reserve, you can stop at the café and indulge in a home-made cake!
The pretty little town of Lyme Regis is renowned for its fossils. Here you’ll find fossil shops and fossil tours, even the pavements have ammonites. It is well reported that after a winter storm, the fossils are more exposed from the cliffs, perfect for the novice fossil hunter! Take yourself down onto the beach with your dog and explore the cliffs and beaches. There is a picturesque harbour here, along with 3 main beaches for you to discover. Why not try out some tasty cod and chips at ‘By The Bay’, a fabulous seafood restaurant with wonderful views of the area.
Dorset may be known as a summer destination but the county has so much to offer in the winter months, especially for anyone interested in getting back to nature, photography, dog walking, rambling or those in need of some ‘me time’, and a place to breathe in the fresh sea air.