Dorset, nestled on the Southern Coast of England, is a beautiful place to visit with a great mix of seaside and rural locations. Famous for its Jurassic Coast, which begins in Exmouth, East Devon and ends in Old Harry Rocks, near Swanage, in Dorset, it’s perfect for all ages. Take a look at our top five places to visit when you find yourself in Dorset Dating:
If you are planning a more traditional date of a meal and drink out you’re in for a treat as Dorset has its fair share of world-class and world-famous restaurants from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ, on the Devon-Dorset border to Rick Stein’s Sandbanks restaurant. However, in such a beautiful location, you’d be wise to make a day out of your date and meet up at one of Dorset’s romantic locations.
Durdle Door, Dorset
Durdle Door Car Park Sat Nav: BH20 5PU
Durdle Door is one of the most iconic and photographed beauty spots. The famous rock arch was formed when the sea pierced through the Portland limestone around 10,000 years ago. Time your visit to enjoy the magical sunlight during the sunrise or sunset. If you visit during winter you may even be lucky enough to experience the“through the keyhole” phenomenon which only appears for a few minutes each day. Pack a picnic full of favourite foods or buy chips from nearby Finley’s Cafe. Walk the coastal path, stroll along the shingle beach or just sit, relax and enjoy the view together.
2. Portland Bill, Dorset
Portland Bill, PORTLAND, Dorset, DT5 2JT
Lighthouses hold a special place in our hearts. The historical tales surrounding them are fascinating. Portland Bill Lighthouse has been standing majestically for the past one hundred and fourteen years at a height of 41 metres (135 ft). This is a stunning remote part of the coast to visit just to see Portland Bill from the outside. However, if you get the chance and are physically able to climb the 153 steps – you’ll be treated to amazing views of Dorset’s beautiful Jurassic coast for miles. You’ll even get a badge for being brave! Again you could pack a picnic, blanket and a flask to warm you up by the breezy cliffs. There is also a restaurant nearby, The Lobster Pot.
3. Corfe Castle, Dorset
The Square, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5EZ
Treat your date like a King or Queen and visit Corfe Castle. It’s one of Britain’s most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War, partially demolished in 1646 by the Parliamentarians. People of all ages find themselves captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breathtaking views across Purbeck. If you’re interested in the past, learn about 1,000 years of Corfe Castle’s history as a royal palace and fortress. Nowadays, with fallen walls and secret places, there are tales of treachery and treason around every corner. Pack a picnic or enjoy a bite to eat in the Corfe Castle Tea Room, which boasts unique views of the castle.
4. Wareham, Dorset
Sometimes, just choosing a town to explore for the day can be an interesting date. Find out about a new location as you get to know each other. Wareham is an interesting place in Dorset to visit with lots to do. Wareham is a picturesque, historic market town, nestled between two rivers and close to the sea. Visit St Martin’s on the Walls, an Anglo Saxon Church, which houses an effigy of Lawrence of Arabia or take a boat trip with Wareham River Cruises. Enjoy the picturesque views of Wareham and look out for wildlife. Alternatively, hire a boat and row gently up the river at Wareham with a picnic of both your and your date’s favourite foods onboard. There are plenty of scenic spots to moor up. There is also a good choice of cafes, pubs and restaurants to choose from.
5. Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve, Christchurch, Dorset
Stanpit, CHRISTCHURCH, Dorset, BH23 3LX
Stanpit Marsh can be found on the north side of Christchurch Harbour, just below the convergence of the rivers Avon and Stour. The 65-hectare site has an unusual combination of habitats including salt marsh with creeks and salt pans, reed beds, freshwater marsh, gravel estuarine banks and sandy scrub. Look out for the wonderful wild ponies. Take a picnic and a flask. You could even follow this with a visit to the charming historic town of Christchurch to see the magnificent Christchurch Priory.
Perhaps, you’re yet to find the right person to spend your day in Dorset with? Don’t worry, take a look at this Dorset Dating Site. Who knows where it will lead? Perhaps you’ll find yourselves visiting one of these romantic locations in the future for a proposal.