Though I have travelled there only infrequently, Dorset is certainly my second favourite county – after my Somerset homeland, of course. Dorset does it all for me: simple, beautiful landscapes, and superb places like Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Chesil Beach, Swanage and the Isles of Portand and Purbeck. Part of my affection is obviously geological:  decades ago this was a fossil collecting mecca for me and fossils excite me still – and then there is Dorset Apple Cake … eaten hot …. with thick cream!

But there is also this county’s rural simplicity, the lack of motorways and the few main roads and large conurbations; and then out of the way places like the Marshwood Vale, Fishpond Bottom, Wareham Heath, Kimmeridge and Up Cerne. Much of my photography in Dorset has been along the coast but, a mile or two inland of Charmouth and Lyme Regis, there are steep, beautiful hills. With our little car toiling up Long Lane towards the Coney’s Castle hillfort, this view opened on the right. Here, on 3 Nov 2009, we are looking down eastwards towards Abbott’s Wootton Farm, small white buildings awash in a sea of rolling hills and innumerable trees – typical, wonderful Dorset.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – definitely recommended.

Technique: D700 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 800 ISO.


  1. Every field is neatly stitched together by rows of perfect lollipop trees…to this American, it’s quintessentially English countryside, but of course, it’s only one region. Beautifully done!


  2. Stunning art! So beautiful there. I’ll admit to a guilty pleasure of watching Escape to the Country – Dorset is always so inspiring on the show and would love to visit there one day.


    • Thank you, Sheila, very glad you like it! But Escape to the Country? >>> well that it is a guilty pleasure indeed!!!! But Dorset, away from the cities of Poole and Bournemouth, is something else indeed – you should save up and come to see it!

      And as I say in this post, there are more touristy places like Lyme Regis (although Lyme is lovely too, especially to a geologist like me), but the photo above was taken only a few miles away from there, up in the hills behind the coast. 🙂

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  3. This is really a lovely landscape! I’m confused, however, by the contrast between the darker lower 90% or so and the much lighter distance. Was it that far away, behind the crest of a hill? I thought it was clouds at first, but when embiggened, it looks like it was somewhat obscured by bright haze or light fog. Curious!


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