Since 2005 Dorset Photos has been bringing you fresh new photos of the beautiful English county of Dorset. Explore the archive in our photo gallery or the latest additions below.
Dorset lies in the South West Region of England and at its extreme points it measures 50 miles (80 km) from east to west and 40 miles (64 km) north to south, and has an area of 1,024 square miles (2,653 square kilometres). Demographically Dorset is one of the less populated counties in the United Kingdom, with only approximately 390,000 inhabitants but it has stunning scenery, diverse attractions and picturesque villages for all to enjoy.
Famous for its Jurassic coastline, Dorset has now been given World Heritage status and visitors have a wealth of interesting things to do, including fossil hunting, going to the beaches, exploring the castles and visiting the places made famous by Thomas Hardy. Dorchester is easily recognised as Casterbridge whereas Budmouth was the name that Hardy used for the port of Weymouth and Melstock referred to in "Under the Greenwood Tree" is actually Lower Bockampton where Thomas Hardy went to school. The cottage where Hardy was born is to be found in Higher Bockhampton and in his books Hardy calls this place Egdon Health.
Please take care when fossil hunting as the cliffs are subject to rock falls and it is important to be aware of the tides to avoid getting cut off.