Smugglers, coves and historic sights a plenty, in Dorset

downloadDorset is a stunning place to visit. In fact, 40% of Dorset has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).


This area is a landscape rich that is literally bursting to the seams with beautiful scenery, hidden secrets, stunning coastlines and more. You are spoilt for choice in this area, which runs from Lyme Regis to Poole Harbour and inland as far as Blandford Forum.


There is so much to see and do, for all the family. Here are a few ideas of how to make the most of this breathtaking area during your stay at Lancombe.

Beautiful countryside

The Dorset countryside is a feast for your eyes. Soak up the photogenic landscapes; their natural beauty is so unique that almost half of Dorset’s countryside is protected. It’s good to know that generations to come will also be able to enjoy the chalk escarpments, panoramic views and monuments.

For suggestions of some great Dorset views, click here!

Take in the view

Check out the many viewpoints that are available throughout the region. A survey, conducted by the Dorset AONB Partnership, revealed that Golden Cap is people’s favourite place to visit. It is the highest point on the Jurassic Coast and is named as such due to its distinctive yellow sandstone. At its summit, you’ll get to appreciate the dramatic views of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

Natural, rugged coastlines

Dorset’s spectacular scenery is renowned. The Jurassic Coast forms part of England’s first natural World Heritage Site. Take a step back in time and go fossil hunting. With 95 miles to explore, look very hard and you just might find dinosaur fossils lurking!

Go back in time

Find out about the areas rich history. Old buildings, hill stones and barrows all have a story to tell. Visit one of Dorset’s most famous residents, the 55 metre high Cerne Giant, which is carved into the chalk hillside.

Walk the Smugglers’ Trail

Find the secret coves where smugglers hid their treasure and stolen goods. Kids will enjoy this wonderful, fun, yet educational day out. Re-live the tales of bravery, secrecy and betrayal. There are activity sheets to accompany the trail which can be downloaded from the National Trust website.