North Dorset Holidays |

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North Dorset is set in acres of unspoilt countryside which makes it a perfect Dorset holiday destination for outdoor activities and exploration. A large proportion of Dorset falls into an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has many heritage sites and wildlife sites to visit. The north of the county is particularly blessed with stunning landscape.

As much of the area is set in rolling rural countryside, holidays in North Dorset are perfect for stepping out into the great outdoors, either on foot or by bike cycling with some great purpose made cycle tracks and pathways such as the North Dorset Trail way which were created with peaceful ambling in mind. Explore the River Stour Valley, and the wider reaches of the Blackmore Vale which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and was an influence for Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles; it is documented that Thomas Hardy lived and wrote in Sturminster Newton for a time.

Deep in the heart of the green Dorset countryside resides the Sherborne Castle Estate where you can visit the house or take a bluebell walk in the spring time. Shaftesbury Abbey ruins are also worth a visit and when you need a little retail therapy head to one of the farmers’ markets to stock up on local Dorset ingredients and treats. Alongside the rural areas of North Dorset, there are also a number of popular towns in North Dorset which are certainly worthy of a visit during your Dorset holiday. Blandford Forum is situated in the south eastern corner of Blackmore Vale, between Cranborne Chase and the Dorset Downs. The architecture in Blandford is typically Georgian as a majority of the town was rebuilt after the fire of 1731. Another town in North Dorset is Gillingham, found in close proximity to Shaftesbury, and features a rich history that is well worth exploring during your time in the county. The town of Shaftesbury is also located in North Dorset and is one of the oldest and highest towns in Britain. Due to the high location of the town, it is a good vantage point for seeing over into Blackmore Vale and over as far as Glastonbury Tor to the north east. A particularly scenic location in Shaftesbury is Gold Hill, a steep cobbled street with a view from the top that has been described as “one of the most romantic sights in England.” It was famously used in a television advertisement by Hovis entitled Boy on Bike and directed by Ridley Scott, the advert has since been voted as Britain's favourite advertisement of all time.

As much of the area is set in rolling rural countryside, holidays in North Dorset are perfect for stepping out into the great outdoors

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