It’s easy to forget when the rain’s pouring down in the dead of winter, but England is a truly stunning country, one that boasts an incredible variety of wildlife, countryside and coastline.

Indeed, it only takes a short drive out of any major city to hit pristine countryside and enjoy its tremendous, rejuvenating effects.

Of course, there are areas of the country where nature shines just that little brighter, and that includes Dorset.

Home to some of the UK’s most beautiful scenery, you’ll find an endless source of inspiration in Dorset. Whether it’s the iconic coastline, dotted with remarkable rock formations and golden, sandy beaches or the endless rolling grassy hills, lined with wildflowers, Dorset plays host to a veritable feast for the eyes.

It’s why we’re so proud to welcome thousands of guests every year to our Dorset holiday cottages, but today, we’d like to focus on one aspect of our delightful county: Its coastline, which is a world heritage site.

But what does being a World Heritage Site even mean, and why has Dorset’s coastline been given the honour? Join us as we explain.

World Heritage Sites Explained

Following the mass destruction of World War 1, an international movement to protect the heritage sites of the world begun to arise, however, it wouldn’t be until 1959 that such a movement was truly necessary.

The decision to build the Aswan High Dam in Egypt, which would have flooded the valley containing the Abu Simbel temples, a treasure of ancient Egyptian civilization, was taken. After an appeal from the Governments of Egypt and Sudan, UNESCO launched an international safeguarding campaign. Costing around $80m, the project accelerated archaeological study in the area and had the temples dismantled and rebuilt in an area which wouldn’t be flooded.

It began a chain of events which resulted in UNESCO, with help from the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the preparation of a draft convention on the protection of cultural heritage, which was ratified in 1972.

Designed to safeguard the cultural and historical value of some of the most important sites on earth. Examples include Machu Picchu, the Great Barrier Reef, Rome, Bath and, of course, Dorset’s coastline.

Why Dorset’s Coast?

Dorset’s coast might be a joy to explore, but that’s not why it’s been placed amongst the most historically and culturally important sites on earth.

Indeed, the actual reason why Dorset’s coastline is so important is given away in its other name – the Jurassic Coast.

The Jurassic Coast refers to a 96-mile stretch of coastline which stretches from Exmouth in Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset and boasts a geography which spells out approximately 185 million years of the history of the earth, including a high number of internationally important fossil sites.

UNESCO also point to the “outstanding examples of coastal geomorphological features, landforms and processes”, alongside its “contribution to earth science investigations for over 300 years”.

Today, the Dorset coast is an unspoiled treasure on the south coast, with hundreds of stunning walks and views which will take your breath away, so why not come to stay in Dorset with us? All that’s missing is you!