Dorset is blessed with a wealth of picturesque locations, perfect to make your Instagram feed stand out from the crowd.
One of the most popular tagged GPS locations in the country, it's a photographer's dream, offering an unparalleled coastline full of natural wonders, some of Britain's finest countryside, and even an ancient castle which succumbed to the English Civil War.
Here are our top five Insta-worthy locations in Dorset, which will leave your followers drooling with envy:
You can't fail to be impressed by the captivating beauty of this scallop-shaped cove with its clear waters and white pebble beach. Part of the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline, it was formed 10,000 years ago by the sheer power of the tide and is backed by almost vertical chalk, forming a glorious sun trap. It's one of our favourite locations in Dorset as it boasts unique and world-famous geology and landforms including the Lulworth Crumple and Stair Hole.
This ancient castle was built by none other than William the Conqueror and dates way back to the 11th century. The picture-perfect ruins stand tall on the Purbeck Hills, overlooking a village of the same name. It was a Royal Castle during the Medieval period and lasted right through to the English Civil War when it was blown up following a successful siege. It's now a National Trust property, offering the public the chance to add a photo to their Insta-collection.
These striking cliffs are the highest point on the south coast of Great Britain (just short of 200m above sea level) and can be found between Bridport and Charmouth. You can capture beautiful shots from the beaches beneath, while you can also reach the top of the cliffs from Seatown. The 40-minute walk is well worth the effort, with panoramic views reaching for miles across the coast.
This charming street in Shaftesbury was made famous in the Hovis advert, filmed in 1973 by Sir Ridley Scott. It's one of the most photographed streets in the UK, with chocolate box cottages adorning the cobbled hill from top to bottom. Not only is the street photogenic, but the views from the top, reaching across the Dorset countryside as far as the eye can see, are equally spectacular.
Old Harry Rocks
These photo-friendly chalk formations, at Handfast Point on the Isle of Purbeck, mark the most eastern point of the Jurassic Coast. There are many stories about how they got their name, with one local legend saying that they were named after Harry Paye, a pirate whose ship would hide behind them waiting for passing ships, while another says that the Devil used to sleep atop the rocks. Some great views are available from the South West Coast Path.
We couldn't *not* include one of the most photographed locations in the whole of the UK, could we?! The iconic beauty spot on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth is a naturally formed limestone arch which just lends itself to a snap or three. Although it's privately owned, it's open to the public, with a cliff path leading down to the beach; the perfect place to get a sun-kissed shot in summer.
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