Things to do - East of The Casterbridge Guest House, Dorchester

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Allowing for detours, a full day will definitely be needed. The fascinating geology of Lulworth Cove and picturesque cliffs of Durdle Door, are best seen in bright sunlight when blue sky and sparkling sea provide a backdrop to rival anything in the world. The Ranges with the lost village of Tyneham are open on special days and for a few summer weeks only. Scenic Kimmeridge Bay, where a 'nodding donkey' pulsates rhythmically above the dark shale ledges below hosts the oldest onshore oil facility in the UK. All the way to Durlston and beyond the coast-line boasts magnificent scenery which is currently in line for world heritage status.

Clavell Tower Kimmeridge BayKimmeridge BayWhistler's magnificent engraved glass in Moreton Church

Equally captivating are Lulworth Castle and grounds, the river and picturesque quayside at Wareham, the unusual Blue Pool (visit this pool on a dull day) and the ruins of Corfe Castle set majestically above the higgledy-piggledy roof-lines of the purbeck stone village. The choice is endless.

If time is a problem. Omit Swanage, Durlston and the Great Globe and take the road to Studland, where a chain ferry allows you to cross the second largest harbour in the world from the sand-dunes of Shell Bay to millionaire Sandbanks and Evening Hill.

Brownsea Island sits temptingly in the middle of Poole Harbour, boats run regularly from the bustling quay. The famous Poole Pottery is worth a visit. Nearer to home, the Martyrs' Museum at Tolpuddle has an interesting story to tell and the truly delightful Athelhampton House and gardens, simply cannot be hurried. Tomorrow perhaps?