Caravan holidays in West Dorset can be enjoyed close to traditional seaside resorts and some of the most amazing beaches in Britain.
This dramatic coastline is just what you need for walking and breathing in the fresh sea air. There are plenty of thriving fishing towns and attractive thatched villages to explore too! It appears that not much has altered in this county since Thomas Hardy’s time.
Stretching from the cliff backdrop of Lyme Regis in the west, to the sandy stretches in the east, the diverse coastline shapes this part of the Jurassic Coast. This UNESCO World Heritage location has unique geology, packed with many fossils.
Caravans Holidays in West Dorset
Search Rent My Caravan to discover static caravan homes for rent in West Dorset, booking directly with the owners. Use the van as a base to discover the historic towns of Bridport and Lyme Regis, or to experience the fantastic countryside of the region.
There are village pubs with pretty beer gardens and roaring fires. Cafes and restaurants serve locally caught, fresh fish, not to mention being home to the original “River Cottage”. The area is at the forefront of the regional, seasonal cuisine movement with West Dorset showcasing rural Britain at its finest.
History of the region
There is no shortage of history in the West Dorset area. Several of the UK’s most significant fossil finds from the Jurassic era have been discovered on the coastline around Charmouth and Lyme Regis. These include an ichthyosaurus skeleton, thirty feet long, which is now displayed in the Natural History Museum in London. Take a walk to Pilsdon Pen with its remains of Iron Age Forts. Or step back in time to 3000 BC at the burial mounds of Maiden Castle, near to Dorchester.
Lying just a couple of miles inland from the coast, Bridport is an attractive town that was once an important port, before the silting up of its two rivers. These days it has a lively vibe and a good selection of quirky gift shops, enticing restaurants and cafes. The town’s unusually wide streets and fine, brick buildings date back to its days as a major centre for the rope making industry.
The pleasing market town of Dorchester, with its streets of 17th century and Georgian buildings is associated with the author, Thomas Hardy. His former house, Max Gate, is situated on the fringes of the town. Visit Dorchester on a wet and rainy afternoon, and you will be well entertained by the many museums – the Tutankhamun Exhibition, the Teddy Bear Museum, the Terracotta Warriors Museum, the Keep Military Museum and the Dorset County Museum.
Caravans holidays booked direct with owners
There are many more exciting places to visit and outdoor activities to experience in and around West Dorset. Visitors tend to find that caravan holidays need to be longer than just a weekend, in order to experience everything on offer. Static caravans for rent offer affordable accommodation for couples, families or groups of friends for week long holidays and mini-breaks. Booked direct from owners on Rent My Caravan, you can save money because there are no commissions to pay.