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18 reasons Dorset is the only place to be at Christmas time

PUBLISHED: 15:45 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:58 02 January 2018

Swanage Pier under snow by rayandbee (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) via flic.kr/p/7a11iH

Swanage Pier under snow by rayandbee (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) via flic.kr/p/7a11iH


The early morning frost, the cosy pubs and the beautiful scenery. Dorset really is a wondrous place to be at Christmas

The early hours may be chilly, but they certainly produce a stunning scene…

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Misty mornings at Corfe Castle make all other misty mornings irrelevant…

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The colours of the countryside are on point…

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We’re not the only ones loving the crisp setting…

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Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean the sunrises aren’t as pretty…

Even if the weather gets gloomy, it’s still a great place for a walk…

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Red sky in the morning is certainly no warning in Dorset…

There’s just something about that early evening glow…

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Walks with the family offer up fantastic photo opportunities…

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The classic Dorset sights aren’t just a summer thing…

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…and neither are the beaches!

You may want to avoid the sea, though. It’ll probably be chilly…

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The night-time skies are awe-inspiring…

We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to cosy pubs…

It somehow still looks tropical…

Even if clouds fill the sky, it’s difficult to dislike the view…

Your canine friends will have the time of their lives…

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Winter in Dorset really is the best…

More Dorset Christmas…

Winter walks in Dorset - When the weather gets colder, there’s not much more refreshing than a brisk walk across the countryside, and there’s plenty of that here in Dorset…

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