West Dorset countryside sites
The rolling hills of West Dorset offer a wide variety of countryside sites and landscapes to explore.
Nearly three-quarters of the district lies within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beautyand West Dorset's 26-mile coastline is part of the UNESCO Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site known as The Jurassic Coast. There are also over 50 Sites of Special Scientific Interest and over 500 Sites of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCIs).
Find out where to walk your dog and all kinds of information about dog ownership from the Dorset Dogs website.
If you would like to volunteer some time to help manage and look after our countryside sites, find how to get involved.
The whole district spans over 400 square miles and boasts a rich built and natural environment that includes over 7,500 listed buildings and 79 conservation areas. All this helps make West Dorset a popular visitor destination.
Dorset County Council manages a number of sites in West Dorset that offer beautiful places to explore and relax including Bishops Limekiln, Buckham Down, Shatcombe Lane. We also manage 2 local nature reserves on behalf of West Dorset District Council (WDDC) - Bothenhampton and Jellyfields.