The Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers almost half of Dorset and is part of a family of nationally important protected landscapes.
If you are looking for inspiration to get out and about this winter, the South Dorset Ridgeway Field Guide and Walking Maps are a good place to start, with 10 walks exploring the enigmatic 'Land of Bone and Stone'.FIND OUT MORE
Or for an exploration of the great tastes of Dorset, find local food & drink producers at the Dorset Food & Drink website and add a unique flavour to your seasonal celebrations.
This Christmas you can really feast on the great delicacies that Dorset Food & Drink members have on offer. But once you've had your fill, you might want to get out and about in the Dorset countryside to blow the cobwebs away!
Dorset AONB’s contribution to tourism in the South West was recognised last week (Thursday 1 February) at the South West Tourism Awards 2017/18 when a special ‘Outstanding contribution to Tourism Award’ was given to the region’s protected landscapes (including Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks, the Jurassic Coast and the Southwest Coastpath).
Volunteers wanted to test out walks, rides and great views in the Dorset AONB! If you can spare a few hours and tell us what you think, we'll enter you into a special Hamper of the Month draw as a thank you
A fund totalling £1.7 million has been made available to help enhance the landscape around Wytch Farm oilfield in Purbeck. Officially launched on 18th January, the Wytch Farm Landscape and Access Enhancement Fund is now open for applications from individuals, groups and organisations.
Thinking of starting a local project to help older people in Dorset get active outdoors?
Local communities can now apply for funding for initiatives that will enhance health and wellbeing for older people, including those with dementia and their carers by helping them spend more time outdoors.
Join us for a fascinating expert wildlife talk – this is the first in a series of winter talks hosted by Back from the BrinkChris and Abby from Moths of Poole Harbour, a Birds of Poole Harbour Project, will give us an introduction to their work locally as well as some specific insight into heathland moth species.This event is free and hot drinks will be provided.
Join Back from the Brink and local Historian Ben Buxton on this guided walk looking at the historical features and the wildlife of Upton Heath.Join Back from the Brink and local Historian Ben Buxton on this guided walk looking at the historical features and the wildlife of Upton Heath.We’ll visit some historical sites, learn about how the heath has been used over the years including clay extraction, and consider the heathlandmanagement and wildlife.The walk includes some steep sections, and great views over Poole.Bring binoculars if you have them.It’s FREE! – Booking essential.