Dorset is a county of incredible variety, that ranges from the cliffs and headlands of its World Heritage coast to the soft rolling farmland of its hinterland.
It is also steeped in history as the Iron Age forts and barrows crowning its hills testify.
The county has been immortalised in words by Thomas Hardy, John Fowles and Jane Austen and in paint by John Constable, William Turner and Paul Nash.
Dorset towns vary from the picturesque seaside town of Lyme Regis in the west to the bustling county town of Dorchester at its centre and the more urban Bournemouth in the east.
If the beaches pall, a maze of lanes, footpaths and bridleways tempts the walker and cyclist to lose themselves in the rolling green Dorset landscape.