With its iconic Jurassic coastline and broad sweeps of English countryside peppered with picture-perfect villages, Dorset is a photographer’s paradise. Whether on the hunt for a sensational print-worthy shot or simply inspired by the county’s breath-taking landscapes, our top seven photogenic places to visit in Dorset are within comfortable driving range of Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa in Evershot. Here’s all the inspiration you need to fill an Instagram feed.
One of Britain’s most famous geological sights, Durdle Door is a 50-minute drive from Summer Lodge, and is a must-snap attraction for visitors to Dorset. Take the scenic route to reach the iconic natural landmark with a gentle walk from Lulworth Cove. The beach here is shingle, perfect for skimming pebbles out to sea, and affords a photogenic view of the limestone portal arching into the water. Stay for sunset to capture it beautifully silhouetted against a golden sky.
A 12th-century former monastery, Forde Abbey, 40-minutes from Summer Lodge, is surrounded by 30 acres of beautifully maintained gardens. Its rockery, mature arboretum and historic walled kitchen gardens are ideal backdrops for Instagram-worthy images with a quintessentially English country garden feel.
One of England’s most romantic castles, built by William the Conqueror more than 1,000 years ago, Corfe Castle is among the most popular places to visit in Dorset. Its dramatic turrets rise up above the hillside, looking out over leafy Corfe Common, which is carpeted in wild chamomile during summer. A stone’s roll down the hill, Corfe Castle village is where to pick up one-of-a-kind souvenirs from local artists and craftsmen.
A picturesque coastal sweep reaching from Portland Bill to Abbotsbury, Chesil Beach is an 18-mile shingle split that’s popular with walkers, windsurfers and bird watchers. A stroll along this stunning slice of the Jurassic coast provides abundant photo opportunities along the way.
Set amongst lush green valleys and wooded hills on the Dorset and Somerset border, Sherborne, 25 minutes away from Evershot, is a charming Saxon-built town scattered with thatched cottages and pretty shops selling antiques and fine art. Look out for Sir Walter Raleigh’s Sherborne Castle and enjoy unspoilt views of the Blackmore Vale heathlands and the River Stour in the distance.
A chocolate-box seaside hamlet with spectacular views of the dramatic Golden Cap cliff, Seatown is flanked by a 96-mile world heritage beach. A beautiful place to visit in Dorset, it guarantees first-rate photos of pebble-strewn beaches and bright, blue seas, as well as the opportunity to search for fossils.
Kimmeridge Bay shelters some of the Heritage Coast’s most striking geology. Pack a picnic for a family day trip here from Summer Lodge. A walk up to Clavell Tower is rewarded with spectacular panoramas over on the bay below.
Dorset is peppered with an abundance of beautiful places to visit, all within striking distance of Red Carnation Hotels’ Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa.