West Dorset with its outstanding scenery and rugged coastline is characterised by a number of small towns, each with a distinct identity.
The coastline is protected by World Heritage as a site of outstanding natural beauty.
The majority of people live in the south of the area in and around Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester and the remainder of the population live in the centres of Lyme Regis, Bridport, Sherborne, Blandford, Sturminster Newton and Shaftesbury. Dorchester is the traditional county town of West Dorset, made famous by the novels of Thomas Hardy.
It’s an intriguing mix of historic and the modern, with the new Brewery Square development offering a vibrant and sophisticated leisure and shopping complex.
The local schools are amongst the best in the country with a mix of public and private education. Dorset County Hospital is close to the town centre of Dorchester, and is close to bus and rail networks, making the major centres of Bournemouth, Bath, Southampton, Exeter and Bristol easily accessible.