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If you’re looking for reasons to treat yourself and your loved ones to a winter break in Dorset, then look no further!

From frosty fairy-tale fields, crisp winter coastal walks and rare snowfall adding a magical touch, Dorset is just as beautiful in the darker months as the summer. Take some time to recharge the batteries after a busy Christmas and New Year, and spend time in the solitude of off-peak with your nearest and dearest.

Read on to discover 6 reasons to visit Dorset in Winter…


1. Enjoy everything at your own pace

Corfe Castle Dorset

Delight in having many of Dorset’s most popular attractions all to yourself, from beautiful stately homes and gardens to National Trust locations and walking trails!

Visiting Dorset in winter means there are less crowds and more time for you to go at your own pace; explore the many rooms of a stunning centuries old house, find hidden corners of a castle, or simply take an uninterrupted stroll along a normally-bustling walking trail in complete tranquility.

Pictured is the National Trust’s Corfe Castle in Wareham, which makes for a great day out and is also not far from the bustling coastal town of Swanage where you can stroll along the Victorian Pier, play some mini-adventure golf or explore the museum.


2. Watch the coast come alive

Dorset Coast

The coast is as dramatic as ever during winter in Dorset, with crashing waves and moody clouds offering a stark contrast to the Dorset of summer.

Wrap up warm and watch as the cold coastal winds can whip up the waves into wild arches that pummel the shoreline, providing the perfect opportunity for scenic walks with a camera ready to capture these strikingly beautiful yet rugged scenes.


3. Delight in a dog’s day out

Dorset beach

Some of the loveliest beaches in Dorset are dog-friendly all year round, like the magnificent Chesil Beach with its unusual long and consistent stretch of pebbly sand from Portland to West Bay, and Monmouth Beach in the historic town of Lyme Regis.

Other beaches which have restrictions over summer become dog-friendly in October time like the wonderful Weymouth Beach situated in a popular holiday spot, or Avon Beach in Christchurch, both holding out open arms to your four-legged friends in the colder months.


4. Begin your day with a spectacular sunrise

sunset at Durdle Door in Dorset

A winter sunrise or sunset can provide some of the most breath-taking views, and what better place to enjoy them than in one of England’s luscious southern counties, the bountiful Dorset.

Take in the late winter sunrise from your Dorset holiday cottage, or catch an early sunset in a heavenly spot like the clifftops of Golden Cap between Bridport and Charmouth for a memorable experience.


5. Winter wildlife

seagull at harbour in Dorset

Crisp winter days in rural Dorset are often found in peaceful solitude with just you and your loved ones amidst, as well as a wonderful array of wildlife. Be sure to keep an eye out for delightful creatures still settled in the charming scenery, such as robins, deer, herons and owls.

Dorset is home to a whole host of nature reserves perfect for observing animals in their natural habitat; visit one of Dorset’s most southern reserves, Durlston Country Park & National Nature Reserve where you can sight badgers in the early evenings, bats swooping between the trees, and even bottle-nosed dolphins from the cliff-top path.


6. Picture-perfect scenery

snow covered winter fields in Dorset

It does not snow often in Dorset but when it does it creates a magical display of nature. More likely to be found in the countryside on elevated ground rather than the beaches, you can make tracks in snow-covered trails and fields in the event of a winter wonderland snowfall.

Catch misty mornings, trek past frosty hedgerows and marvel at the cloudless winter skies for a perfect delve into nature before returning to the comfort and warmth of a Dorset holiday cottage.


Find wonderful travel tips in our Dorset Travel Guide and book a winter break in Dorset with your loved ones. If you have more reasons to visit Dorset in winter, be sure to share your memories with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

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