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6 of the best spots for sunrises and sunsets in Dorset

PUBLISHED: 16:48 25 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:48 25 May 2018

Sunset over a jetty in Poole Harbour, Dorset. Picture by soulfire303/Getty Images

Sunset over a jetty in Poole Harbour, Dorset. Picture by soulfire303/Getty Images


Visit Dorset has teamed up with some of the county’s best photographers to reveal the best locations to watch the sunrise or sunset to celebrate the Summer Solstice

Sunrise on the Stour

Dorset in Photographs author Matthew Pinner’s favourite sunrise is from Eye Bridge in Wimborne. “With views along the River Stour, this secluded spot on the outskirts of the town is great for getting away from it all.” Afterwards, follow a National Trust walking route through the unspoilt areas of Pamphill and Cowgrove and then back along the Stour to the bridge.

See more at, follow on Twitter @Matt_Pinner.

Sunrise on the Stour by Matt PinnerSunrise on the Stour by Matt Pinner

Studland Rocks!

Old Harry Rocks in Studland is perfect for both sunrise and sunset says photographer and commercial drone operator Andy Lyons. Enjoy the walk up from the village along the South West Coast Path and if you’re heading there for sunset, stop off at The Bankes Arms ( for dinner or a drink. Get there early as it can be a popular location, but don’t go too near the edge of the cliffs.

See Andy’s work at Twitter @Lyonsphotos_uk

Aerial view of Old Harry Rocks at sunset by Andy LyonsAerial view of Old Harry Rocks at sunset by Andy Lyons

Start your Dorset day the Corfe Castle way

One of Owen Vachell’s favourite Dorset locations is Corfe Castle, as it can be photographed at sunrise or sunset at any time of year. If you’re lucky you may even see the sun rising through the 12th-century ruins. Owen’s top tip: “Watch the sunrise between September and April looking towards Corfe Castle from West Hill on the Purbeck Ridge.”

See more of Owen’s work at Twitter @orvphotos

Sunrise at Corfe Castle by Owen VachellSunrise at Corfe Castle by Owen Vachell

Avon Beach Sunrise

Steve Hogan’s choice is Avon Beach at Mudeford. There’s nothing like watching a sunrise from the beach to remind you of holidays. Why not combine it with a bit of beach yoga and a sun salutation!

Follow Steve on Twitter @steve_hogan

Avon Beach by Steven HoganAvon Beach by Steven Hogan

Hilltop views at Colmer’s Hill

The sunrise at Colmer’s Hill near Bridport is a favourite of James Loveridge. “From April to August, if you climb up Quarry Hill and look east, you can line up the sunrise with the top of Colmer’s Hill. It’s a bit of a climb, but the views are worth it.” Afterwards treat yourself to breakfast at Symondsbury Kitchen (

See more of James’ work at

Colmers Hill at Sunrise by James LoveridgeColmers Hill at Sunrise by James Loveridge

Heavenly sunsets at Hamworthy

The sunset from Hamworthy Beach in Poole is one of Rick McEvoy’s choices. Stroll along the beach and prom with someone special and watch the sun set on another glorious Dorset day.

See more at Ricks’ website

Sunset at Hamworthy Beach by Rick McEvoySunset at Hamworthy Beach by Rick McEvoy

Learn how to capture a beautiful Dorset landscape

Owen Vachell and Matt Pinner both offer photography tuition and tours of Dorset. For details of more beautiful locations to photograph go to


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