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Dorset lies on the south west coast of England, with its many stunning beaches facing the English Channel. Even though the county is only 3 hours away from London, Dorset is mainly rural with some small towns, pretty villages and no cities within its bounds. With the coastline part of the Jurassic Coast Heritage site, Dorset is the perfect idyllic getaway.

Dorset - The Travelling Reader

Places to visit

Jurassic Coast, Durdle Door, Brownsea Island, Lulworth Cove and Castle, Chesil Beach, Poole harbour, Monkey World, Bournemouth, Weymouth, Lyme Regis, Dorchester, Sherbourne.


Books based in this county:

Authors associated with this county 

Authors who are associated with this county (born or lived here) or who have based their books here.

Thomas Hardy (Mayor of Casterbridge

Sylvia Townsend Warner

John Cowper Powys

T E Lawrence

Jane Austen

Enid Blyton

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Dorset - The Travelling Reader


Our Dorset box visited Purbeck in Dorset with the book, Should You Ask Me, by Marianne Kavanagh.

Dorset tea and Dorset chocolate and biscuits

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Dorset-based fiction book

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Dorset box contents

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Dorset tea and Dorset chocolate and biscuits

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Included: book, tea, bookmark, chocolate bar, biscuits, Dorset designed mug,  photos, personal postcard.

Map  by Nilfanion [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons. Not affiliated with The Travelling Reader.

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