Did you know that the finest hillfort in Europe and the largest human chalk figure in Britain can be found in Dorset? Or that Dorset's Jurassic Coast is part of England's first natural World Heritage Site, where you can see a fossil forest and walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs?
Whether you like the openness of the downs or the intimacy of the vales, the buzz of the market towns or the freedom of the coast, there's a place for you somewhere, just waiting to be found. We hope this section will encourage you to explore Dorset's finest countryside and find that part which is special to you.
This Christmas you can really feast on the great delicacies that Dorset Food & Drink members have on offer. But once you've had your fill, you might want to get out and about in the Dorset countryside to blow the cobwebs away!
We've come up with some great places to go during the 12 days of Christmas - all with outstanding views, lots of fresh air and plenty of space to let off steam!