Dorset has seventy miles of fine
coast line gently
and secluded valleys combine to make Dorset one of the most pleasant of English countries almost unchanged since its beauties were so well described by the
great novelist Thomas Hardy, who was a native of the county.
There are also many traces of a much older Dorset such as prehistoric barrows the fascinating
hilltop camp called Maiden Castle or the ruined Corfe Castle which dates from Norman times.
Botanists may stumble over some of the rare plants that grow
Dorset, while geologists will find much to interest
in the fossils and the varied and contorted rock strata
The most impressive examples
the stratified cliffs of Stair Hole at Lulworth Cove while a little way along the cliffs is a forest of fossilized tree stumps.
mile to the
stands the famous Durdle Door, a headland from which an arch has been cut in the rock by the action of the sea.
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