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The archetypal seaside holiday region, West Dorset is home to traditional bucket-and-spade resorts like Weymouth, with its long sandy beach, and the fishing town of Lyme Regis, with its steep, cobbled streets and bustling harbour. It’s fringed by a dramatic coastline, broken up by towering cliffs, small coves and the 18-mile-long pebble bank of Chesil Beach. For those who like their holidays more active, there are some great walks, both along the coast and inland, as well as some good cycle tracks, and there’s no shortage of watersports, such as diving and sailing – indeed, Weymouth is hosting the 2012 Olympic sailing events. Inland, the countryside is dotted with pretty thatched villages, ancient hill-forts such as Pilsdon Pen and bustling market towns, such as Bridport. The region is also home to the country’s oldest swannery at Abbotsbury, plus there’s history galore in the ancient county town of Dorchester, and in the fossils that can be found along the beach at Lyme and nearby Charmouth.

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