The skies are blue and the leaves are turning red. We’re walking along a winding country lane in our warm coat and wellies, alongside a pretty, flowing stream. We approach a quaint little village scattered with beautiful thatched cottages and we stop to admire the rolling hills above. Around the next corner we stumble upon a traditional village pub and open the door to it’s warm and welcoming embrace. We spot a cosy nook beside a roaring fireplace, where we take a seat and enjoy coffee and a cake!
This is just a snippet of Dorset in the Autumn and Winter months, and the fantastic thing is, it’s all on our doorstep. Dorset is truly intriguing, it is steeped in history and has some of the most popular sights and attractions, not to mention some incredible restaurants where you can sample some tasty local, fresh produce.
Here are five Dorset villages that you simply have to visit this Autumn/Winter:
Abbotsbury is one of the most beautiful villages in Dorset. It has stunning scenery that flourishes in all seasons. The medieval chapel of St Catherine is perched high on a hill overlooking the village. You can climb up to the chapel and experience magnificent views along Chesil Beach and beyond. You can visit The Swannery, home to 600 flying swans, or spend the afternoon browsing around the small village shops.
Cerne Abbas is home to a huge 180ft chalk figure; the rude man, as he is known, cut into the hillside, which is believed to date back to before the arrival of the Romans. There is a charming little village to meander, or you can take a walk through the Cerne countryside with the dogs and take in the beautiful views. Afterwards, why not have a bite to eat at The Giant Inn and sample a few of their local beers, dogs are welcome!
Weymouth is one of our favourite beach towns and still maintains it’s charm as an old-fashioned seaside resort. On a bright autumn day, you can relax on deckchairs at the beach and enjoy the Punch and Judy show with the kids. There are plenty of little beach shops along the front to buy ice creams or buckets and spades and it’s well worth a sampling Marlboro’s fish and chips. Don’t let the gulls steal them!
The Piddle, is actually the name of a local river. It’s from this river that a couple of quaint little villages have acquired their names, Piddletrenthide and Piddlehinton. If you’re looking for picture postcard villages with thatched cottages and old farm buildings, then these villages are the place for you. There are plenty of traditional pubs to eat in, try The Thimble Inn, where you can sit and enjoy infinite views of the Piddle Valley.
Lyme Regis has breath-taking scenery, set against vast blue cliffs with a beautiful harbour. Home to many historical landmarks and not to mention evidence of fossils dating back millions of years. Enjoy a blustery walk and watch the waves crash against the the famous Cobb Harbour wall or enjoy some exceptional fresh fish at The Hix Oyster or the Fish House, with stunning views over the bay.