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Things to do

There is perhaps no county in the UK that has such a concentration of things to do and see as Dorset. Its main attraction is undoubtedly its dramatic coastline, with its excellent beaches and towering cliffs, small coves and the 18-mile-long pebble bank of Chesil Beach, along with famous natural landmarks like Old Harry Rocks, Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, and the fossils that can be found in the west at Lyme and nearby Charmouth. There are traditional bucket-and-spade resorts, too, like Weymouth, with its long sandy beach, and the fishing town of Lyme Regis on the boder with Devon, with its steep, cobbled streets and bustling harbour. There are great walks along the coast and inland, and no shortage of watersports, such as diving, kayaking and sailing, while inland, the countryside is dotted with pretty thatched villages, castles and hill-forts, and bustling market towns such as Bridport and the ancient county town of Dorchester, just outside of which you can visit the home of Thomas Hardy.

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