There are some gorgeous campsites in Dorset, many overlooking the Jurassic Coast. The founder of the Cool Camping Guides picks his favourites
As featured in our Dorset holiday guide
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The best way to enjoy Dorset’s Jurassic coastline is to get your walking boots on, and you’d be hard pressed to find a better base than Eweleaze Farm. Situated along the stretch of coastline between Durdle Door and Weymouth, Eweleaze is one of the loveliest places to camp in England. Campfire smoke wafts through the air, and there’s a real sense of shared energy; a community with a purpose – like some kind of cult celebrating the outdoors. And let’s not forget the location. From many pitches, you can view the curved coastline, and there’s the added luxury of a private beach, which is perfect for swimming, paddling, snorkelling and sandcastling.
• 01305 833690. Adults £6-12 a night, children £3-6. Open end July-end August
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Dorset is home to some unique geology and natural habitats, including the Jurassic coast, England’s only natural world heritage site. We asked the local National Trust rangers for their favourite walks on and around this dramatic coastline
• As featured in our Dorset holiday guide
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Distance 1½ miles
Start Corfe Castle ticket office, grid ref: SY961821
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There are few castles more evocative than Corfe Castle (nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle), an imposing ruin perched high on the hill, which is thought to be the inspiration for Kirrin Castle in Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books. It’s a formidable defensive, and the common around the castle has been shaped by human activity over thousands of years, leaving an interesting archaeological landscape. Cream teas for the tired walker await in the Bankes Arms Hotel (dorset-hotel.co.uk) or, for something stronger, the beer garden overlooking the castle at the Greyhound Inn (greyhoundcorfe.co.uk) is the perfect place to relax with a pint.