Famed for its scenic coastline and boasting some of England’s most recognisable landmarks and geological wonders, Dorset packs a punch when it comes to photographic opportunities. Explore 47 of Chris Frost’s favourite spots with over 125 images to inspire your trip to this treasured UK county.
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Whilst the Dorset coastline offers countless options, the majestic Durdle Door is a must for any Dorset trip especially considering its close proximity to numerous other top class locations such as Lulworth Cove, Man O’ War Bay and Mupe Bay, all easily accessible via the South West Coast Path. If time permits, this area is worthy of a couple of days exploring and will not disappoint. Further West, Weymouth is an ideal base to visit Portland, the historic Old Weymouth Harbour as well as the coastal towns of West Bay and Lyme Regis in the west of the county. Whilst in the east, Swanage and Poole offer ready accessibility to Corfe Castle, Swanage Bay, Old Harry Rocks and the wonderfully diverse Arne Natural Reserve. For a different, less windswept and sea sprayed feel, spending time around Blandford and Sturminster Newton offers riverside mills ravaged by time, rolling rural countryside, woodlands and tree lined avenues; a slower paced, calmer offering than the often tumultuous Dorset coastline.
Dorset is generally a safe destination for travel. You can photograph everywhere in confidence, including at night, but apply usual common sense when out with your camera gear. Caution should be taken around Dorset’s coast; the seas are often wild, especially around Portland and Lyme Regis, and it can be dangerously easy to be caught unawares by a rogue wave. Dorset’s coastline, specifically around West Bay, Burton Bradstock, Portland and the Lulworth area, has recently seen numerous severe cliff falls and landslips so great care should be taken both when using cliff top pathways and whilst near cliff footings; these cliff falls can, and have been deadly particularly after prolonged rain.