Now maintained by the National Trust, Thomas Hardy was born here at Higher Bockhampton in 1840. If you are familiar with his novels you can visit Max Gate, Dorchester (Hardy's Casterbridge) which is the heartland of Hardy's Wessex.
The highest point on the south coast with far reaching views. Seatown offers a nice beach, pub and fossils. A walk over the top and the ruins of St Gabriel's lies to the west then off again over Stonebarrow and down into Charmouth. Wonderful!
As part of the Jurassic Coast - the cove itself and the Stair Hole is a wonderful example of the effects of the sea on rocks.
There is also the Castle, and pretty little whitewashed stone and thatched cottages. Fantastic walking across the Army ranges - when open. Visit the lost village of Tyneham.
Such a lot to offer! The famous swannery, the sub-tropical gardens, St Catherine's Chapel - built completely of stone - roof as well, so the walls are 4ft thick! Tythe Barn - always something going on.