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County in England

Over 50% of the county of Dorset is admired, protected and internationally-recognised for its spectacular natural beauty. The Jurassic Coastline features many natural landmarks including Lulworth Cove, Chesil Beach and Durdle Door. The lush, pastoral landscapes of inland Dorset, including the rolling expanse of the Blackmore Vale, are archetypically English, and provided one of England's greatest writer's, Thomas hardy, with the dramatic setting for many of his novels.

Hardy was born in Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, in 1840, and spent most of his life in Dorset. Many enchanting and picturesque areas of his home county have been immortalised in his work. Dorchester is thinly disguised as Casterbridge in his novel, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and many of the town's buildings and landmarks can still be identified today.

Being a predominantly rural county, around half of Dorset's population reside in the south-east. The vibrant and hustling resort towns of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch provide a delightful contrast to the county. Use the links below for more information on Dorset. Alternatively, try searching for a district, town or village in the county.

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Welcome to our local homepage for Dorset See our

Free local scene pictures

Free genealogy local search noticeboard

Free local website/business directory plus...

A free to use lost friends & family notice board and a free local notice board to place your community news and social events on - to see more... simply check the easy page menu buttons shown above...

In today’s spotlight - your local scene pictures...

It's often said "a picture paints a thousand words

Our fascinating local scene pictures of Dorset can't fail to interest those of all ages with most kindly provided by local photographers...

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Is your website listed in our Dorset local business directory?

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It takes just seconds and with an astonishing 40 million UK visitors we genuinely help to promote local traders - High Street retailers - Professional services and new enterprise websites on both a local and national scale - the best part is... It's completely free and super easy!

To make sure you're not missing out simply check the business directory button seen at the top of the page

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